After the re-election of French President Emmanuel Macron (44), riots broke out in several French cities on Sunday evening.
In the city of Rennes, for example, the embankments burn in the evening. The protests continued after dark. According to local journalists, police officers and protesters were playing a game of cat and mouse.
The National Police intervened in Lyon
The province of Rennes, located in western France, originally banned an election night demonstration by radical left groups. The prefecture said the unrecorded meeting from 8 p.m. was illegal. Organizers of illegal gatherings were threatened with imprisonment of up to six months and a fine of 7,500 euros.
In Lyon, clashes took place between left-wing groups, “yellow vest” demonstrators and the police, according to the radio station BFMTV. First, the protesters shot the municipal police with firecrackers, as evidenced by the video images. Later, the National Police intervened to stop the riots.
“You will not end your term”
It was already said that on the evening of the first round of elections and the following weekend, serious riots broke out with extensive property damage and attacks on the police. According to regional newspapers, the protests were also directed against the popular right-wing presidential candidate Marine Le Pen, and according to the first results, Le Pen clearly lost the elections.
In the university city of Rennes, left-wing groups have been making a name for themselves for years, including protests against the far right.
A demonstration march was also launched in Nantes. Hundreds of people, some carrying torches, march through the city centre. They shout: “Macron, we will get you. You will not end your term.” Local journalists are also watching what is happening.
Tear gas in Paris
Also in Paris, the police had to use tear gas, according to a local journalist. This was necessary to disperse the demonstrations that took place after the election results were announced.
And late in the evening, another protest march was held in the French capital, with thousands of participants. The protest marched from Republic Square. According to video clips, there were clashes with the police.
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