Protest in streets of Paris before presidential polls

Members of dozens of French unions and civil groups have taken to the streets of Paris ahead of Sunday’s presidential vote, protesting what they call a “political masquerade.” Police deployed tear gas after protesters used smoke grenades and flares.

While France is observing pre-election silence on Saturday ahead of the first round of the voting, crowds have been marching through the streets of Paris rejecting the policies of all the candidates leading in the polls.

Some 2,000 people took part in the protest, according to estimates from the organizers, which included some 70 groups and organizations, agencies reported. Read more

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