Shaoyo Liu, 56, was killed by anti-crime police following a visit to his family home after a family disagreement.
The father of five died in his appartment in the 19th district of Paris on Sunday night.
According to the police, Mr Liu attacked one of the members of the anti-crime police in the throat with a pair of scissors.
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Violent riots in Paris after police kill Chinese father of four
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The police smashed the door, the shot was gone and my father found himself on the ground
Children of Shaoyo Liu
However, the family insists that their father had scissors to cut fish up that he was cooking.
In a statement, one of the children said: "The police smashed the door, the shot was gone and my father found himself on the ground."
The family are reported to be devastated by the immense shock of the death.
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Cars have been set on fire during the riots
Riots have flared particularly among the Chinese community in Paris.
The hashtag #mortdeLiuShaoyo has been used on Twitter to remember the father.
There are reports of around 200 protesters.