- Title: French riot police clash with youths protesting election
- Date: 27th April 2017
- Summary: PARIS, FRANCE (APRIL 27, 2017) (REUTERS) STUDENTS OUTSIDE HIGH SCHOOL, HOLDING BLOCKADE SIGN SAYING (French): "No fascists in our neighbourhoods. No neighbourhoods for the fascists." VARIOUS OF STUDENTS OUTSIDE SCHOOL (SOUNDBITE) (French) PARIS STUDENT (WHO DID NOT WANT TO BE NAMED), SAYING: "I think the National Front succeed well to undemonise itself, they are very happy about it. It's clearly a banalisation of the rise of the National Front. We think that is not serious because in 2002 they have been beaten so they will be beaten in 2017 too, except that we don't know. And (centrist presidential candidate Emmanuel) Macron is definitely not liked by people who are not so well-off, with his haughty tone. (After touching the microphone saying: Sorry) And yes, clearly, the National Front really succeed to undemonise the party." RIOT POLICE WALKING DEMONSTRATION, STUDENTS HOLDING BANNER SAYING (French): "No country. No boss. No (right-wing presidential candidate Marine) le Pen. No Macron." DEMONSTRATORS DEMONSTRATORS HOLDING BANNER DEMONSTRATION/FLARES RIOT POLICE THROWING TEAR GAS CANISTER AT DEMONSTRATORS / DEMONSTRATORS THROWING BOTTLES AT RIOT POLICE VARIOUS OF DEMONSTRATORS THROWING BOTTLES, TEAR GAS PROTESTER THROWING BOTTLE DEMONSTRATORS MARCHING PHOTOGRAPHER DEMONSTRATORS KICKING TEAR GAS CANISTERS VARIOUS OF DEMONSTRATOR WRITING ON A WALL (French): "Police who vote National Front protect the bank" DEMONSTRATION DEMONSTRATOR THROWING PROJECTILE AT RIOT POLICE TEAR GAS CANISTERS ON STREET PROTESTERS BY OVERTURNED BOTTLE RECYCLING BIN, PICKING UP BOTTLES RIOT POLICE PHOTOGRAPHERS/TEAR GAS AT PLACE DE LA BASTILLE COLUMN IN SIDE STREET, VARIOUS OF RIOT POLICE THROWING TEAR GAS, RUNNING DEMONSTRATORS AT PLACE DE LA BASTILLE DEMONSTRATORS WITH BANNER WALKING, THEN RETREATING IN STREET, RIOT POLICE/BOTTLES THROWN AT POLICE, WHO THROW TEAR GAS CANISTERS VARIOUS OF PROTESTERS AND TEAR GAS IN STREET POLICE VANS IN STREET DAMAGED BANK WINDOW
- Embargoed: 11th May 2017 12:55
- Keywords: students protest presidential election National Front Paris France Macron
- Location: PARIS, FRANCE
- City: PARIS, FRANCE
- Country: France
- Topics: Government/Politics,Elections/Voting
- Reuters ID: LVA0016E6DAH3
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Students protesting against the far-right National Front clashed with police in central Paris on Thursday (April 27).
The students - many too young to vote - also chanted slogans against centrist presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron, a former banker and economy minister whom one student blocking the entrance of a high school in Paris said was "definitely not liked by people who are not so well-off, with his haughty tone."
Police fired tear gas after some of the protesters overturned a bottle recycling bin to get to the bottles to throw at the police.
Students have been holding "neither Le Pen, neither Macron" protests at high schools since the two qualified on Sunday for a May 7 runoff vote in France's two-stage presidential election. On Thursday in Paris, there were blockade and demonstrations at about 20 high schools after student unions urged them to turn out.
Since last Sunday's (April 23) opening ballot, two polls suggested National Front presidential candidate Marine Le Pen had made a more impressive start to the last lap of campaigning than Macron.
French opinion polls suggest Macron will defeat Le Pen in the second-round runoff of the presidential election on May 7.
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