May Day 2017 will be remembered in France as a day of duelling demonstrations and bitter division over next Sunday's presidential run-off. While centrist Emmanuel Macron and the National Front's Marine Le Pen were staging campaign rallies in and around Paris, the streets of the capital heard from some trade unions calling to vote for Macron in the name of keeping out Le Pen. But others were wondering aloud if both candidates will be bad for the welfare state as France knows it.
Produced by Charles WENTE, François WIBAUX and Laure FOURQUET.
Member, CGT union
CEO of JOONE PARIS
Former spokesperson for 'Debout La France' party