FRENCH presidential candidates Marine Le Pen and Francois Fillon have lashed out at the “silent” French government which is allowing riots to take over parts of Paris.
Desperate police had to resort to tear gas to try and control the violent protest against police brutality in the city of Dijon last night.
The widespread protests were sparked after a 22-year-old man, Theo, claimed he was sexually assaulted by a police officer.
Videos have surfaced of cars burning, police reversing away from protesters and general havoc in Paris suburbs, particularly Bobigny.
The presidential candidates in France have slammed the government for losing control
The government is locked into a silence which reflects both its cowardice and its powerlessness
Marine Le Pen
On Monday night, a video of burning rubbish in the Paris suburb of Epinay-sur-Seine emerged on Twitter.
Another disturbing video shows a crowd of hooded youths attacking a building in Bobigny.
Leader of the Front National (FN), Marine Le Pen, said: “Faced with this situation, which makes France a national disgrace and the misfortune of the inhabitants of the districts affected, the government is locked into a silence which reflects both its cowardice and its powerlessness.”