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Paris Protestors Oppose Macron

Paris Protestors Oppose MacronParis Protestors Oppose Macron

Several hundred people, including union members and students, protested in the streets of Paris on Monday, warning French president-elect Emmanuel Macron they would actively oppose his pro-market reforms.

More than 1,500 protesters marched between Place de la Republique and Bastille in eastern Paris, leading to brief clashes with police and dozens of arrests, France24 reported.

The demonstrations came a day after Macron–infamous among trade unions for loosening labor laws–won France’s presidential runoff against far-right candidate Marine Le Pen. In the Paris metro, a defaced advertisement captured the mood. "Macron: Not even started, already hated," it read. Smaller protests were also organized in other French cities, including Nantes, Lyon, Grenoble and Strasbourg.

Scattered groups of masked protesters dodged police firing tear gas only hours after election results on Sunday night in Paris, with officers arresting 141 people.

France's biggest trade unions on Sunday issued warnings over Macron’s victory, with the powerful CGT union calling for an immediate show of force in the streets

. The CFDT, France's biggest union, welcomed Macron's victory in a statement but added that Le Pen’s score was still too high. During the presidential campaign, many groups held protests against Le Pen and her rightwing National Front party.

 

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