On February 23, a 14-year-old schoolboy, Toumani, was fatally stabbed in Boussy-Saint-Antoine, in Essonne, during a clash between young people from rival towns. Twelve minors were arrested and placed in police custody for their participation in this brawl which resulted in the murder of the schoolboy, the Evry prosecutor’s office announced on Tuesday, September 28. Another 13-year-old was seriously injured.
A 15-year-old boy had quickly surrendered to authorities, posing as the perpetrator of the fatal blow as well as injuries to the second teenager. He had been put on probation for murder and attempted murder. Six other minors are already being prosecuted for their involvement in the case.
More and more violent brawls
The twelve minors placed in police custody on Tuesday were arrested for participation in a violent group, murder and attempted murder, said the prosecution.
The department of Essonne, in the south of the Parisian suburbs, is particularly affected by this phenomenon of fights between young people from rival cities, which are becoming more and more violent. In 2020, according to figures from the Ministry of the Interior, a quarter of the brawls recorded in France had taken place in Essonne.