Following the release of results Sunday in the first round of France’s presidential election, “anti-fascist” protests turned violent, with police detaining 29 people in Paris.
Claiming to be angry about the election’s outcome, protesters threw glass bottles, ignited fireworks, and set cars on fire.
According to Agence-France Presse (AFP), six officers and three demonstrators were injured during the demonstrations at the Place de la Bastille, and several businesses were damaged. At least three arrests were made.
Many of the left-wing protesters came out to rebel against the election results—centrist Emmanuel Macron and far-right leader Marine Le Pen were the two candidates who received the most votes, and will face each other in a runoff on May 7.
“We have come here to protest against the pantomime of this election,” a protester told AFP.
Following the release of the results, demonstrators at the square waved red flags and chanted, “No Marine and No Macron.” Approximately 300 peaceful protesters criticizing the election’s results convened around bonfires at Place de la Republique.
Macron has the backing of President Francois Hollande of the Socialist Party, who on Monday urged voters to support the centrist candidate.
Le Pen leads the anti-immigrant, anti-Islam National Front Party, and contends that Macron is “weak” in the fight against Islamic terrorism.” Le Pen has vowed to “put France back in order.”
A senior French Muslim leader has implored the country’s nearly 5 million Muslims to “vote massively” in favor of Macron.
H/T: Fox News
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