Six riot police officers were injured when violent clashes between police and May Day protesters erupted Monday on the streets of Paris.
French policemen tried to shake flames from their riot gear after 150 anti-fascist rioters armed with molotov cocktails and other missiles caused chaos at the sidelines of the May Day workers’ march.
May Day, or Labor Day in some countries, is observed on the first day of May to celebrate the economic and social gains of workers around the world as well as their fight for their rights.
This year’s May Day came just days before the final round of the French presidential election being contested by centrist Emmanuel Macron and far-right Marine Le Pen of the National Front.
Protesters, who oppose Le Pen gaining power, took to the streets after her final major rally in Paris where she spoke in front of a delirious crowd who chanted, “This is our home.”
Le Pen tweeted her support for the injured policemen adding, “It’s this mess and this laxism that I don’t want to see any more in our streets.”
100% Fed Up reports:
If current trends continue and the French become minority in their own capital in even more areas, scenes like this might spread to areas frequented by tourists, forever changing the last romantic parts of Paris that match what most people have in mind when they think of the iconic city.