Some 1,300 protestors have been arrested last night following the death of a 17-year-old boy.
Thousands have gathered across France since Tuesday to protest after the boy, known as Nahel M, was shot by a police officer in a Paris suburb.
Approximately 80 police officers were also injured in violent demonstrations. Up to 45,000 police officers were deployed last night.
Security expert Louis Bernard says he's never seen anything like it as protestors ransack shops, set cars on fire and throw fireworks.
“What's important to see in this particular case today is that those riots are widespread in different neighbourhoods outside a lot of different cities all over France,” he said.
Up to one third of those arrested are teenagers, according to French President Emmanuel Macron.
“It is the parents' responsibility to keep them at home, and therefore I appeal to that sense of parental responsibility to mothers and fathers of families,” he said.
Protestors are calling for major reforms to the police.
“We are one of the very few countries in Europe that doesn't have any democratic oversight of the police,” Paris Councillor Raphaëlle Rémy-Leleu said. “We need to get more accountability of the police force.”
The Ministry of the Interior criticised social media platforms for fuelling “online hatred” and have asked platforms to remove posts calling for further violence.