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Students clash with police in Paris anti-election demo

Black-clad demonstrators who had broken off from the march of around 1,000 students hurled bottles at police who responded with tear gas.

Published: 27th April 2017 08:46 PM  |   Last Updated: 27th April 2017 08:46 PM   |  A+A-

French police officers patrol with the Eiffel Tower in background, in Paris, Saturday, April 22, 2017. The outcome of France's presidential election is being closely watched for signs that Europe is moving toward nationalist candidates who advocate the Eu

By AFP

PARIS:  Student protesters clashed with police in Paris on Thursday in a demonstration against both presidential candidates in France's upcoming runoff election.

Black-clad demonstrators who had broken off from the march of around 1,000 students hurled bottles at police who responded with tear gas.

The march was called by student groups opposed to both business-friendly centrist Emmanuel Macron and far-right Marine Le Pen, who face off in the May 7 vote.  

Protesters smashed storefronts and set rubbish bins alight while some waved signs that said "Neither the banker, nor the racist", referring to Macron and Le Pen respectively.

"I don't agree with either of them. I think it's a matter of choosing between the lesser of two evils," 17-year-old student Jacques, who declined to give has surname, told AFP.



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