Rioters take to the streets of Paris the day after French election to protest the new president’s ‘capitalist’ agenda

Newly elected President Emmanuel Macron who has talked up a hard Brexit faced his first test today when a hard-left demonstration in the French capital descended into a riot. Communists and revolutionary groups clashed with heavily armed riot police in the centre of Paris. Thousands of demonstrators gathered at the Place de la Republique calling for ‘resistance’ to President Macron’s ‘capitalist’ agenda of employment and benefits reforms. There were ugly scenes, as riot police pushed protestors back using batons and tear gas. The march paused on the traditional 2km route to Place de la Bastille – the scene if the first throws of the 1789 French Revolution – where bottles and missiles were thrown at riot police. Squadrons of heavily armed officers responded by firing tear gas and baton charges. France’s new President-elect has vowed to be a tough negotiator. He has described Britain’s decision to leave the EU as ‘a crime’, and is in favour of a so-called hard Brexit that will see the UK kept out of the single market…….Read More

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