As France took to the streets in May Day rallies Monday, the upcoming presidential duel between centrist Emmanuel Macron and far-right candidate Marine Le Pen stole the spotlight, underscoring today's great divides in French society.
- Centrist frontrunner Emmanuel Macron held a rally at a convention centre near La Villette science park in northeastern Paris. Earlier Monday he paid a tribute to a Moroccan man killed on the sidelines of a 1995 National Front May Day rally in a bid to remind voters of the far-right party’s dark past.
- Macron called on leftist voters to help him block his far-right rival even though they may not agree with his programme.
- Marine Le Pen accused Macron of being a slave to the global financial system at a rally in the northern Parisian suburb of Villepinte.
- Rival trade unions held rallies in Paris and across the country. Most were calling for a “Republican Vote” to block Le Pen, but they differed on their strategies to achieve their goals.
- Local media reported that six police officers were injured after clashes with protesters earlier in the day, and that five people were arrested.
- According to an interior minister spokesman, some 142,000 people demonstrated across France on Monday.
To follow Monday’s events as they happened, please read our blog posts below.
Date created : 2017-05-01