Two stores located near the Champs-Elysees in Paris were looted Thursday night by dozens of people on the margins of a festive gathering after the victory of the Algeria football team at the African Cup of Nations ( CAN), noted an AFP journalist.
Several thousand people had gathered around 21 h on the famous Parisian avenue to celebrate the victory of the Fennecs on the Ivory Coast and thus the accession of the team in the semi-finals of the CAN.
Shortly before midnight, groups attacked three motorcycle stores located on Grande-Armée Avenue while a few meters further continued to party.
Once the showcase broke, dozens of people looted two stores, including a Ducati sign, seizing accessories - helmets, gloves ... - but also motorcycles before the police intervene.Other windows were broken and some time later, shortly before 1 pm, scuffles broke out and police have used tear gas in particular around the Place de l'Etoile to repel groups throwing them projectiles.
At least one person was arrested by the police, an AFP journalist said. The tension finally settled around 01 h 30 even though the honking concert was going on.
By the end of the match, the crowd had found themselves on the Champs-Élysées in a hubbub of songs, horns and cries of "One, two, three, live Algeria". The Parisian avenue is the place where the football fans traditionally meet for the big victories.
In Marseille some 6 000 supporters of the Algerian team had also gathered on the Old Port as soon as the final whistle to celebrate the victory and the police had to use some tear gas canisters to contain the crowd.
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