Paris: France`s justice minister on Wednesday received a rap on the knuckles for a tweet expressing anger over racially charged killings in the United States that have sparked violent protests.
Christiane Taubira, who is black, took to Twitter to wade into the row over Monday`s decision not to prosecute a white police officer for shooting dead an unarmed black teenager in August.
She quoted Rastafarian reggae icon Bob Marley`s 1973 hit song "I Shot the Sheriff", saying: "Kill them before they grow."
"How old was Mickael (sic) Brown? 18. Trayvon Martin? 17. Tamir Rice? 12. How old next? 12 month? `Kill them before they grow` Bob Marley", Taubira tweeted in English.
But government spokesman Stephane Le Foll on Wednesday said: "One should avoid making comments about what is happening in the United States. The United States has rules and procedures which are ongoing."
Taubira, who has roots in French Guiana, has herself been on the receiving end of racial abuse.
Protests against the decision not to prosecute the police officer spilled over into violence for a second night on Tuesday in the Ferguson suburb of St Louis, Missouri.
Windows were smashed at city hall, a police car was set on fire and protesters pelted police with rocks, bottles, chunks of concrete and a Molotov cocktail.