There has been a second night of unrest in France following the presidential election. Demonstrations against the victory of conservative Nicolas Sarkozy have taken place in numerous cities, resulting in clashes and arson attacks. Across the country there have been reports of windows being smashed and vandalism – targets include telephone boxes and bus shelters.
Riot police have been out in force since the announcement of Sarkozy’s win on Sunday. The head of the Socialist party, the husband of the losing candidate Segolene Royal, has appealed for calm. In the first night of violence some 600 people were arrested, around700 vehicles were set on fire and at least 80 police officers were injured.