French election results spark riots
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French election results spark riots


French election results spark riots



(MENAFN) In the tumultuous aftermath of France’s recent general election, major cities saw riots and looting as supporters of the leftist New Popular Front coalition took to the streets to celebrate their victory over both the right-wing National Rally and President Emmanuel Macron’s centrist allies.

The unrest, which began shortly after the announcement of the snap election results on Sunday evening, has drawn more than 30,000 police across the country, with a significant number being sent to Paris, where 5,000 officers have been deployed to preventive measures to contain anticipated public order disruptions.

Chaos erupted particularly at a New Popular Front rally in central Paris, quickly spreading to cities such as Nantes, Lyon, Marseille and Rennes. On Paris’s Place de la République, jubilant crowds set off fireworks and chanted slogans against the National Assembly amid rising tensions. Police attempts to contain the situation with tear gas were met with resistance as a masked group clashed with law enforcement, throwing Molotov cocktails and setting up makeshift barricades.

Footage circulated online of police rushing into the square to regain control, while multiple fire engines were called in to contain the aftermath. Despite precautions such as reinforcing shop windows with wooden panels, reports of looting and vandalism in Paris underscored the intensity of the protests.

French President Emmanuel Macron, who called for early parliamentary elections after the National Rally achieved a strong result in the European Parliament vote, now faces greater challenges in navigating a volatile political landscape amid widespread discontent and social unrest.

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