A mob of armed protesters attacked a police station outside Paris with fireworks and metal bars in scenes of chaos last night.
Around 40 people tried to storm the police headquarters in the Paris suburbs in an hour of violence.
Video footage shows the thugs smashing windows and hurling fireworks at the front doors of the station in Champigny-sur-Marne, about nine miles southeast of central Paris.
In incredible scenes, dozens of fireworks were set off at the station with the moment they were fired caught on camera.
Posting on Twitter the police said: “Violent attack last night on the police station of Champigny with mortar shots and various projectiles. No police officer was injured.”
Nobody has been arrested, and the motive for the attack is not immediately clear, police have said.
The police posted a video showing a barrage of fireworks
going off in the direction of the police station.
The assailants tried to force entry into the station, but failed to do so.
Images showed smashed windows at the station and damaged cars.
The station is located in a housing estate area known for drug trafficking and deemed by authorities as a high priority district for order to be restored.
Last night’s attack was the third on the police station in two years.
Champigny Mayor Laurent Jeanne said the attack may have been triggered after a scooter accident that local residents blamed on the police.
He told BFM TV : “It was an organised attack of about 40 people who wanted to do battle.
“For a few days it has been tense with people who have a certain willingness to do battle with the police.
“Little gang leaders don’t impress anyone and they will not deter our work fighting drug trafficking.”
Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin said on Twitter. “Full support for our police officers who are doing a difficult job.”
A spate of criminal incidents across France since the end of the Covid-19 lockdown in mid-May has put President Emmanuel Macron’s government on heightened alert for increases in crime amid the economic fallout from the pandemic.