France chaos: Police and protesters clash after man's death - Macron under pressure

Shocking images show demonstrators setting up barricades to keep police out of the western French city of Nantes, which is engulfed in flames as protesters trigger fires scattered around the region. Mr Macron is now facing increased pressure to intervene as hundreds of protesters express their fury over the death of 22-year-old Steve Maia Canico, who drowned following a police operation at a music festival. Interior minister Christophe Castaner said "all the truth will be known" about the tragedy following an administrative inquiry and a judicial investigation.

Mr Canico’s body was found last week after he was reported missing.

The music fan was found in the Loire River after police intervention when a festival in the area grew out of control.

Mr Castaner said there were "some questions about the use of tear gas".

But French prime minister Edouard Philippe said no link could be made between the police operation on 22 June and his death.

Festival participants were outraged with the response and disagreed.

They claim police fired tear gas to disperse he crowd, which caused people to fall into the adjacent river.

Up to 14 people had to be pulled out of the water and rescued.

Violence in the area sparkled a major security crackdown, but the situation is once again getting out of control as protesters gather around memorials for Mr Canico.

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Up to 89 people have since filed complaints against French authorities for "putting other people's life and security in danger".

Cecile de Oliveira, the Lawyer for Mr Canico's family, said his relatives are furious about the situation.

She said: “Their grief is damaged by the fact that Steve is being treated as a major political issue.”

She added that his family wants his memory to be respected as a "nonviolent and modest young man".

Despite this, the current situation echoes that of the Yellow Vest Movement, which began last November when Mr Macron issued a fuel tax hike of 23 percent sparking outrage among the country.

Protesters graffitied monuments, started fires and snatched guns from police in events that severely damaged the economy in France.

Mr Macron was forced to issue sweeteners to keep protesters happy, including benefits for the elderly and higher wages for the young.

Regardless, the protests have continues every weekend since last year.

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