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France: Tensions rising in Paris as protesters rally against Macron's victory01:51

France: Tensions rising in Paris as protesters rally against Macron's victory

France, Paris
May 8, 2017 at 15:25 GMT -00:00 · Published

Tensions were high on the streets of Paris as police rushed to break up crowds of protesters on Monday, only one day after En Marche! candidate Emmanuel Macron's victory in the 2017 presidential elections.

Riot police armed lined the streets and dispersed protesters that had initially gathered in Place de la Republique to rally against Macron's victory.

Activists announced before the second round of elections that they would demonstrate regardless of the result, stating that if either Emmanuel Macron or Front National's Marine Le Pen won, austerity policies will be introduced.

Macron, a former investment banker and the Economics Minister under former-President Francois Hollande, secured 66.06 percent of the vote to defeat his rival Le Pen. At 39, he will become the youngest president in French history.

France: Tensions rising in Paris as protesters rally against Macron's victory01:51
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Tensions were high on the streets of Paris as police rushed to break up crowds of protesters on Monday, only one day after En Marche! candidate Emmanuel Macron's victory in the 2017 presidential elections.

Riot police armed lined the streets and dispersed protesters that had initially gathered in Place de la Republique to rally against Macron's victory.

Activists announced before the second round of elections that they would demonstrate regardless of the result, stating that if either Emmanuel Macron or Front National's Marine Le Pen won, austerity policies will be introduced.

Macron, a former investment banker and the Economics Minister under former-President Francois Hollande, secured 66.06 percent of the vote to defeat his rival Le Pen. At 39, he will become the youngest president in French history.

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