After the violence that had already erupted in the mining basin on the night of Thursday to Friday, new urban violence took place during the night of Friday 24 to Saturday 25 September in Montceau-les-Mines (Saône-et-Loire) and its suburbs, opposing dozens of people to the police.
Nearly ten intentional fires, including car fires, were started from around 9 p.m. and until 1 a.m. in Montceau-les-Mines and Blanzy, a neighboring municipality, reported the mayor of Montceau, Marie-Claude Jarrot (Miscellaneous right, DVD).
The police, who arrived on the spot, were the target of fireworks mortar fire and projectile throws, a police source said, adding that three people had been arrested.
Death of a biker
The day before, the police must have used tear gas. Two people were then arrested. The police did not want to comment on the origin of these incidents but they follow the death of a biker on Thursday afternoon in Saint-Vallier, also near Montceau. The latter was from the sensitive district of Plessis, in Montceau, where the urban violence took place.
However, Marie-Claude Jarrot denied that the biker died while being pursued by the police. “He was not being prosecuted. It’s a traffic accident ”, she asserted.