The facts took place around 9:20 p.m. in the 17th arrondissement, in the northwest of the capital, the prosecution said, confirming information from the Actu17 site.

The police were called “for a fight involving fifteen young people and a notion of knives and other weapons by destination”, according to a police source.

The hypothesis of a “rivalry between bands” is preferred, according to this police source and a source familiar with the matter.

Hit in the abdomen, the victim, “well known” to the police, died despite the intervention of the emergency services, according to these two sources.

There was “no arrest” at this stage, said the source familiar with the matter.

An investigation for intentional homicide in an organized gang has been opened and entrusted to the criminal brigade of the Parisian judicial police, said the Paris prosecutor’s office.

The prefect of police Laurent Nuñez indicated, during a press briefing, that the police force would be reinforced in the 17th arrondissement to “avoid a return match” in the coming days.

He acknowledged that it was necessary to do “much better and much more” in the fight against gang phenomena but nevertheless considered “positive” the results of the interministerial plan launched in June 2021 with a 13% drop in clashes in 2022 in national level, going from around 300 to 265.

The police headquarters, via a dedicated cell, monitors 45 bands in the Paris area, including 17 in Paris.

“Very serious, dramatic and criminal event on Boulevard Berthier where I went this evening: a 16-year-old teenager from the neighborhood was fatally stabbed by a gang. We are heartbroken”, commented the mayor (LR) of the 17th arrondissement. of Paris, Geoffroy Boulard.