French elections: Riots in Paris after Marine Le Pen advances to second round

French elections: Riots in Paris after Marine Le Pen advances to second round

Riots broke out as people protested the result

Monday, April 24, 2017

Riots erupted in Paris on Sunday night after protesters demonstrated against the success of Marine Le Pen in the first round of the French elections.

The leader of the far-right Front National party successfully advanced through the first voting period. She will now face off against En Marche! leader Emmanuel Macron in May. 

In the wake of the early results which solidly placed Le Pen in the final round, anti-fascist protesters demonstrated in the French capital. 

Riot police were called to the area surround the Place de la Bastille in the city's 4th, 11th and 12th arrondissements.

Tear gas was fired to disperse the protestors, who, according to local media, threw fireworks and bottles at the authorities.

Motorists were advised to avoid the area around Place de la Bastille for the time being.