When a 24-year-old black man, Adama Traoré, died on July 19th after being arrested by gendarmes from Persan in the Val-d’Oise area just north of Paris it sparked angry protests in nearby residential areas as well as peaceful marches. Traoré was arrested after apparently fleeing an identity check because he did not have his papers on him. He was taken back to the police station at Persan where he was kept in a yard and died later that evening, with fire officers and medical staff unable to revive him.
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