The shooting of the teen, identified as Nahel, was captured on video and stirred up long-simmering tensions between police and young people in disadvantaged neighborhoods. It also prompted calls for an overhaul of the use of weapons by police.
The unrest is not unprecedented. In 2005, the death of two teenagers hiding from police prompted riots in neighborhoods with large minority populations. The riots were fueled by deep problems of discrimination, unemployment and a sense of alienation from French society.