French president urges probe into death of a protester

French president urges probe into death of a protester
Francois Hollande

The French president Francois Hollande is calling for an investigation into the death of a protester during a demonstration against a dam project in south-west France.

Hollande called for “the full truth of what happened during this violent demonstration and the cause of death” to be revealed.

The body of 21-year-old Remi Fraisse was discovered early on Sunday after a protest in which several hundred demonstrators clashed with police near Lisle-sur-Tarn, 420 miles south of Paris.

A post-mortem examination found a large wound on Mr Fraisse’s back was caused by some kind of explosion, but investigators have not concluded who or what caused it.

The death has sparked days of protests by opponents of the dam project. The government has accused them of “politicising” the tragedy.

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