Just hours after the French presidential election result was announced clashes broke out between police and anti-Sarkozy demonstrators. Violence was reported in the capital and in other major centres. One of the main hotspots in Paris was Place de la Bastille.
In total, police arrested about 270 people throughout the country. A couple of police officers are reported to have been injured. It is estimated about 10,000 people took part in demonstrations, which included supporters of the extreme left. At least 370 vehicles were reportedly set on fire during the night.