Riyadh: Saudi Arabia’s embassy in France has urged its citizens to exercise caution as demonstrations descended into violent riots across the country.

In a tweet posted on Friday, the embassy urged its citizens to be cautious and to comply with security alerts and curfew hours issued by the local authorities, while staying away from areas of protests.

Protesters in France took to the streets for a third day following the police shooting of a 17-year-old Algerian boy.

But the protests fast descended into riots in dozens of towns and cities across France.

Some 40,000 police officers were deployed to quell the protests so far.

More than 875 were arrested and at least 200 police officers were injured as the government struggled to restore order.

Saudi Arabia’s embassy in France also urged citizens to contact the embassy in case of emergency on its numbers.