Demonstrators took to the streets in the wake of Marine Le Pen’s shocking advance in France’s presidential election – burning cars and scuffling with police.
French police detained three people in election night protests, as demonstrators danced around bonfires and dodged riot police.
Protesters have waved red flags and sung ‘No Marine and No Macron!’ in anger at the results of Sunday’s first-round presidential election.
A Paris police official says that no injuries have been reported in scuffles between protesters and police at the Place de la Bastille.
Later, around 300 people gathered at a peaceful protest at nearby Place de la Republique, waving red flags and dancing around the flames of a bonfire.
Some sang ‘Now burn your electoral cards’ or ‘No Marine and No Macron!’ referring to centrist Emmanuel Macron and far-right leader Marine Le Pen, who topped the first-round vote and advance to the May 7 runoff.
Centrist Emmanuel Macron and far-right populist Marine Le Pen will battle it out for France’s presidency, remaking the country’s political landscape and setting up a showdown over its European Union membership.
Politicians on the left and right immediately urged voters to block Ms Le Pen’s path to power in the May 7 election decider, saying her virulently nationalist anti-EU and anti-immigration politics would spell disaster for France.
‘Extremism can only bring unhappiness and division to France,’ defeated conservative candidate Francois Fillon said.
‘As such, there is no other choice than to vote against the extreme right.’