A massive group of 'young people' surrounded French police officers attempting to arrest a teenage suspect during a tense standoff this week, according to reports.
The incident unfolded at around 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday in Béziers, an ancient town in the department of Hérault.
A local narcotics patrol approached a group of suspicious people in the church square when things went sideways.
Two of the suspects fled on foot and then tried to run officers over in their vehicle before being blocked by a police car.
The passenger allowed himself to be arrested, but the driver, a 30-year-old male, threw a fit and began shouting for other people to intervene on his behalf.
"It was then that about forty aggressive people surrounded the police officers," France Bleu reports.
"A young woman of 19 years, claiming to be the sister of the driver, went around the car and delivered a violent punch to a policeman. Wounded in the eye, the latter was transported to the hospital."
Both the driver and his sister were known to the authorities for prior offenses.
"The eight police officers on the ground showed coolness and exemplary professionalism. The colleagues were very lucky," said Fabrice Aebi, a police union spokesman. "This intervention could have been much more serious. We are not safe, especially when surrounded by so many individuals. All they want to do is break cops. There is no other explanation.
"This situation of daily aggression cannot continue. It is no longer possible. What we ask is that justice condemns these individuals with exemplary severity."
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