The recent riots in France have raised questions about French police’s "larger purpose" in the country, stated Assistant Professor Daniel Nabil Maroun on FRANCE 24, the French state-owned international news television network based in Paris.

The riots broke out after the recent shooting of a 17-year-old, identified as Nahel M., by a police officer in the Paris suburb of Nanterre when he was pulled over for traffic violations. The incident has sparked several nights of violent unrest in the capital and cities across France and resulted in curfews and limited public transportation services at night in most major cities in France.

Dr. Maroun explained that there is a contentious atmosphere regarding the role of the police in France as a tool of the prime minister and the government or an institution "geared towards understanding and protecting the citizens of France." Click here to read the associated blog post and hear the interview with Dr Maroun: