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May Day clashes in Paris as tense election looms

May Day clashes in Paris as tense election looms
By Christopher Cummins with Agencies
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Clashes marr May Day march in Paris


Trade Unionists and protesters have gathered in the French capital to mark May Day.

As the second round of a divisive French presidential election looms unions want the anti-Le Pen vote to turnout in force.

Jean Claude Mailly is from the Force Ouvriere union:“I think that a clear instruction of who to vote for in the second round is necessary because we have to block Marine Le Pen, we all agree about that. We must also prevent a further increase in the vote going to Le Pen, that would prove costly in future.”

Riot in Paris as protesters clash with police and Front National supporters at May Day workers' march

— The Telegraph (@Telegraph) May 1, 2017

In a febrile atmosphere the annual event turned ugly as police, protesters and National Front supporters on the periphery of the march engaged in running clashes, three police have been injured and a number of arrests made.

Bastille metro station closed after violence at May Day march in Paris

— Emma-Kate Symons (@eksymons) May 1, 2017

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