Scuffles have broken out between French police and crowds of anti-fascists after the projected results of the first round of the French presidential election suggested that far-right candidate Marine Le Pen would make it into the final round of voting.
Hundreds of protesters gathered at the Place de la Bastille, angrily protesting that Le Pen is advancing to presidential runoff elections with centrist Emmanuel Macron.
Riot police surrounded the Place de la Bastille and officers fired tear-gas to disperse the demonstrators composed of anti-fascist and anarchist groups.
The Gateway Pundit reports:
The far left was not happy with the results of today’s French election results.
With 34 percent of the vote counted, France’s Interior Ministry says that far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen is leading with 24.6 percent of the vote followed by centrist Emmanuel Macron with 21.9 percent.
The protesters were seen throwing bottles and fireworks at the police, according to French newspaper Le Monde.
Partial results show Macron narrowly won the first round of voting, which means he will face second-place Le Pen in the run-off scheduled in two weeks.
Anti-fascists groups have sought to stop Le Pen’s advance to the presidency because of her anti-immigration policies and her affiliation with a party tainted with racism and anti-Semitism in the past.