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A young gamer playing a video game while wearing a headphone. (Shutterstock)

French President Emmanuel Macron called on parents to keep child rioters off the streets on Friday, while saying some young people appeared to be copying violent video games which had "intoxicated" them.

Speaking after chairing a crisis security meeting, the 45-year-old head of state said that around a third of the people arrested over three nights of rioting were "young, or very young".

"It's the responsibility of parents to keep them at home," he said. "It's not the state's job to act in their place."

He also urged social media firms to remove the "most sensitive" content related to the rioting and claimed video games played a role in the riots, which followed the fatal shooting of a teen by police on Tuesday.

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