Government spokesman Benjamin Griveaux said French laws would have to be changed to deal with the kind of violence seen on social media platforms, and the attacks on the Roma community. Griveaux said: "This kind of rumor, spread in a very viral and very organized way on social media, results in the stigmatization of a community" and violence "in the worst of its forms. We will have to adapt our penal and judicial responses to the violence that we see today, but also to the absolutely unacceptable targeting of the Roma community," he added.
In the Paris suburb of Bobigny said 19 people had been arrested on charges of violence, destruction by fire and taking part in armed groups during Monday night attacks on the Roma community. A false rumor had spread on social media that Roma community people in a white van were trying to kidnap children.