Monday, 24 April 2017

Violent scenes in Paris as "anti-fascists" clash with riot police over results of first round of French election

Riot police have clashed with "anti-fascists" in Paris tonight after the first round of the French Presidential election.
Tear gas has been used against hundreds of protesters on the Place de la Bastille in eastern Paris, with some reportedly beaten with battens.
Hundreds of student protesters, some from anarchist and anti-fascist groups, gathered to protest at far-right candidate Marine Le Pen's second place finish and her anti-immigration policies.
The road to the Bastille Opera is now blocked by police vans and many have taken to Twitter to call the scene "chaos".
More than 50 police officers are heading down Boulevard Beaumarchais pushing the protesters towards Bastille.
Le Francillien wrote on the social networking site: "So now, what do we do about our democracy and the results? The facists are on their way out."
Paul Guyonnet said: "We are back in Bastille - we don't want either Le Pen or Macron and tonight is the revolution."
Melishkaa said: "People who are protesting in Bastille: I hope you had this much energy when you voted today."
It comes after Emmanuel Macron won the first round meaning he will face Le Pen in the run-off in two weeks' time.

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