Tear gas, smoke grenades & flares: Violence erupts at Paris protest day before election (VIDEO)

Saturday, April 22, 2017
By Paul Martin

22 Apr, 2017

Members of dozens of French unions and civil groups have taken to the streets of Paris ahead of Sunday’s presidential vote, protesting what they call a “political masquerade.” Police deployed tear gas after protesters used smoke grenades and flares.

While France is observing pre-election silence on Saturday ahead of the first round of the voting, crowds have been marching through the streets of Paris rejecting the policies of all the candidates leading in the polls.

Some 2,000 people took part in the protest, according to estimates from the organizers, which included some 70 groups and organizations, TASS reported.

The protesters demand that more attention be paid to the needs of French society’s lower income people, TASS reported.

People set off from Place de la Republique and marched towards Place de la Bastille.

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