A MUM was killed and her baby left in a critical condition after being mown down by an Algerian football fan as riots erupted after the team’s African Cup victory.
The woman was walking with her teenage daughter and younger child in France’s southern city of Montpellier when a car smashed into them last night.
The woman died at the scene, as her baby suffered traumatic injuries and was rushed to hospital. Her 17-year-old daughter escaped with minor injuries.
A 21-year-old man has been taken into custody.
The tragedy came as widespread celebrations were soured by riots on the streets of Paris after Algeria’s 4-3 penalties win over Ivory Coast that booked them a place in Sunday’s semi-final against Nigeria.
Cops arrested more than 70 people as at least two Parisian shops including a Ducati motorbike dealership were looted.
‘COPS WERE GASSING US’
Many supporters were seen gathering peacefully around the Arc de Triomphe at the top of the Champs Elysee, letting off fireworks and fire crackers as hundreds of cars and motorcycles hooted their horns.
But onlookers claim children as young as six were tear gassed by police who “simply wanted us to go home”.
“One minute we were celebrating, the next we were being poisoned by police,’ said mum of four Amira.
“All of my children including a six-year-old were gassed, as were plenty of others who were out on the street.
“There were no warnings – they simply wanted us to go home, so started gassing us, along with tourists and anybody else who was around.”
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Video posted on social media showed much of the trouble, which led to some 30 arrests in the Paris area by the early hours of Friday morning, with similar scenes in Marseille and Lyon.
France’s Interior Minister Christophe Castaner today condemned football-related violence as being “absolutely unacceptable”.
He said a total of 74 people were arrested across the country, including 10 minors in Paris accused of lighting fires and throwing stones at the police.
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