French protests against Le Pen and Macron

This AFP video from France says about itself:

Marine Le Pen booed in Reims on last day of campaigning

5 May 2017

French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen is met by angry protesters as she makes an unannounced visit to the cathedral in Reims on the last day of the French presidential campaign.

At Reims cathedral, the kings of France used to be crowned.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

France: Protests mark final day of campaigning

Saturday 6th May 2017

Fascist Le Pen gets hostile treatment on the election trail

PROTESTS marked the last day of campaigning before tomorrow’s French presidential election run-off.

Fascist National Front (FN) candidate Marine Le Pen received a hostile reception yesterday when she paid a surprise visit to Reims cathedral.

Protesters called on her to “give the money back” to the European Parliament after she allegedly claimed the salaries of her two bodyguards as expenses.

In Paris, 12 Greenpeace activists were arrested after the[y] hung a banner reading: “Liberty, equality, fraternity” on the Eiffel Tower — a clear call to defend republican values from the far-right threat — before six of them rappelled down.

Also in the capital, 10 secondary schools were blockaded by students opposed to both Ms Le Pen and her centrist rival Emmanuel Macron, the city’s education authority said.

… students at another school, Lycée Buffon, wrote an open letter calling on the French to exercise their vote and recalling the fate of five students shot in 1943 for fighting the nazis.

Ms Le Pen’s father Jean-Marie has played down the Holocaust and the FN has been tainted by anti-semitism … .

“Even if I’m not old enough to vote, I’m concerned,” the letter said. “Dear reader, you should know that Marine Le Pen’s France is not the France we love. Our France is beautiful, tolerant and cosmopolitan. So go and vote on Sunday, for this France, this democracy.”

Though Mr Macron is hardly popular with leftwingers and progressives, most are expected to vote for him to keep the far right out of the Elysee Palace.

He was finance minister from 2012 to 2014 and backs the EU’s pro-business agenda, including the Brussels-dictated labour law forced through last year after parliament rejected the legislation twice amid general strikes by workers opposed to it.


13 thoughts on “French protests against Le Pen and Macron

  1. Teenagers in France are holding rallies in Rennes and other cities to protest against both presidential candidates. Some protesters blockaded schools, while others marched towards the city centre with placards that read ‘Expel Marine Le Pen, not immigrants,’ and ‘We don’t want Macron or Le Pen.’


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