Riots in France force music festivals and events to cancel

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Music festivals and events in France have been forced to cancel due to the ongoing unrest throughout the country.

Rioting began last week after a 17-year-old was fatally shot by police in Nanterre, Paris.

Since the death of the teen, named only as Nahel M, people have been protesting against police violence, spreading from Nanterre to other Parisian suburbs as well as cities such as Toulouse, Dijon and Lille.

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With curfews, fires and more than 3,000 arrests, many events have been forced to cancel.

The Madame Loyale festival which was set to run on July 1 in Paris yet was cancelled, announcing it was “impossible” to go ahead following a ceasefire implemented by the Villeneuve-la-Garenne town hall and public transport being inaccessible.

The festival is planning to reschedule the event, which Mind Against, Âme, Trikk and more were set to play.

Two-day event The Beat and Beer Festival in Montrouge – just outside of Paris – was to see performances from Celyon, René Danger and Futuro, but has been cancelled as the City of Malakoff has taken the decision to cancel all events which were planned to run on the weekend.

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The Beat and Beer Festival include in its statement: “We are profoundly shocked by the circumstances of Nahel’s death, and in general by the dark political climate. Our thoughts are with the relatives of the victims of police violence.”

According to Resident Advisor, Parisian parties Feel Free Records’ Silence Ça Rave, 100Canap’s Insomnia night and the final day of the 11th Fnac Live festival were also cancelled over the weekend.

Mixmag will update this story as news develops.

[Via: RA]

Becky Buckle is Mixmag’s Multimedia Editor, follow her on Twitter

Written by: Tim Hopkins

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