Several people have been arrested in connection with a Wednesday assault by skinheads that left a young left-wing activist dead, Interior Minister Manuel Valls told AFP. Police described the incident as being "politically motivated."

Clément Méric, an 18-year-old anti-fascism campaigner, was attending a clothes sale with friends in the 9th district of central Paris when three “skinhead-type” individuals, including one woman, arrived on the scene.

Witnesses told police that “angry words were exchanged” before the aggressors left “to fetch reinforcements.”

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