Large crowds gathered outside town halls across France today to call for an end to almost a week of violent unrest engulfing the country, sparked by the fatal police shooting of a Parisian teenager last Tuesday.

Many of them gathered in the South Parisian suburb of L’Haÿ-les-Roses to express solidarity with their local Mayor Vicent Jeanbrun, after his house was attacked by looters, who fired rockets at his wife and children as they fled the scene.