May Day in France: Six officers injured in riots

Published: 02 May 2017

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One French police officer has been seriously burned and five others injured in clashes at a May Day demonstration in the streets of Paris.

A group of about 150 people threw Molotov cocktails, stones and sticks at riot police, with one officer receiving third-degree burns to his hand and face.

Police said the group had hijacked the traditional May Day March, organised by French unions, which was attended by 142 000 people across France.

The unrest comes days before the final round of voting in the French Presidential election, where France will choose to elect far-right Marine Le Pen or ‘radical centrist’ Emmanuel Macron.

Some trade unionists and left-wing activists sought to make the traditional march a day of national solidarity against Marine Le Pen’s National Front, but were split on whether to encourage support of Macron or not.

Marine Le Pen tweeted her support for the injured policemen and said she no longer wanted to see ‘unacceptable behaviour’ on French streets.