Three people were killed when a gunman opened fire at a Kurdish cultural center in central Paris.
A suspect, aged 69, was quickly arrested and it soon emerged he had been freed from prison recently.
Three other people were injured in the attack. investigators are considering a possible racist motive for the shooting.
Clashes later broke out between police and a group who had gathered at the scene in the aftermath of the attack.
Police fired tear gas to disperse the increasingly agitated crowd. Some garbage bins were set on fire.
The Kurdish Democratic Council in France (CDF-K), which runs the centre that was hit in Strasbourg-Saint Denis in the 10th district of Paris, condemned the attack in a short statement. It also said there would be a vigil on Friday evening to pay tribute to the two men and woman killed.
Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin is holding a special meeting Friday night to assess threats targeting the Kurdish community in France.
There is no confirmed motive for the shooting, but Paris Prosecutor Laure Beccuau said the suspect had previously been charged with racist violence.
Shocked members of the Kurdish community in Paris said they had been recently warned by police of threats to Kurdish targets, and demanded justice after the shooting.
Le Monde newspaper quoted Agit Polat, a spokesperson for the centre, as saying French authorities had “once more” failed to protect Kurdish people in Paris.