France | Several hundred people protested in Lyon and Rennes, France, destroying shop windows, car windows and urban spaces, even before the first results of the first round of the French elections.
According to the newspaper Le Parisien, around 500 people, mostly young people, carried posters with anti-capitalist and anti-fascist phrases to protest against Marine Le Pen and the French far right.
On the posters, phrases such as “youth destroy national fascism”, “burn the right”, among other symbols, were read. In Rennes, disturbances provoked by Le Pen supporters against President Macron were also described. Le Parisien gives an account of an object of this kind that would have set a house on fire, forcing the intervention of firefighters.
France 3 Rhône-Alpes radio talks about a group of protesters in Lyon who threw pyrotechnic material against the window of a municipality that was counting presidential votes. However, the same body points out that the count was not interrupted, but had to be moved to another room.
Rennes mayor Nathalie Appéré condemned the violent protests on Twitter, writing that “democracy is not and will never be violence and vandalism.” Current President Emmanuel Macron and Rassemblement National leader Marine Le Pen, were the top two finishers in the first round of Sunday’s presidential elections. The second round is scheduled for the 24th of April.
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