French May Day protesters set at least two French policemen on fire in Paris Monday, six days before a contested presidential election.
Scores of hooded youths threw Molotov cocktails at police during the rally, forcing police to respond with tear gas and batons, according to a Boston Globe report. The two policemen reportedly sustained injuries.
A video from the rally shows protesters pushing a wheeled flaming dragon effigy at police.
Le fascisme de gauche ça commence par un caddie enflammé et ça continue par une nuit de cristal pic.twitter.com/RHXAw1VaiV
— FouFou 2017 (@20RueduCirque) May 1, 2017
— The Boston Globe (@BostonGlobe) May 1, 2017
May Day, or May 1, was the day chosen by Communists and Socialists to celebrate International Worker’s Day. The holiday has carried on since the fall of the Soviet Union and is now associate with worker’s rights protests worldwide.
Monday’s violent rally comes six days before French citizens will take to the polls to vote in a runoff election between nationalist candidate Marine Le Pen and center-left candidate Emmanuel Macron. Some of the protesters at the French rally reportedly were demonstrating against Le Pen’s candidacy.
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