Violence erupts in Paris as May Day demonstrators throw fireworks at a ...

Violence erupts in Paris as May Day demonstrators throw fireworks at a ...
Violence erupts in Paris as May Day demonstrators throw fireworks at a ...

Violence erupted in Paris today as thousands of May Day demonstrators clashed with police to demonstrate against the re-election of President Emmanuel Macron by attacking banks and throwing tear gas and fireworks at a McDonald's restaurant.

Protest marches have been held around the world to mark International Workers' Day and while some remained peaceful parades, others escalated into violent clashes and destruction.

At least 5000 officers wearing riot gear were on duty in Paris on Sunday - with water cannons and armoured cars also deployed on the streets of the French capital.

Tear gas and baton charges were used against a mob close to Place de la Bastille, as banks and a McDonalds fast food outlet were attacked by protesters dressed in black hoods and wearing balaclavas. 

Before the violence erupted, trade unionists and citizens carried banners that read 'Retirement at 60, Freeze Prices', 'Retirement Before Arthritis' and 'Macron, Get Out' in response to the newly re-elected President's plans of raising the retirement age to 65.

‘The violence appears organised and directed at specific targets,’ said an eye witness.

‘Guys with black hoods and balaclavas are smashing stuff up while others scream for Macron to resign.’

Today's riots followed street violence breaking out a week ago, when Mr Macron won a second term by beating far-Right rival Marine Le Pen in the presidential election.

Macron beat Le Pen 58.5 per cent to 41.5 per cent to win the re-election last Sunday - but Le Pen produced her highest-ever level of support in her three attempts to become France's leader.

His win was made official on Wednesday and he is yet to hold a Cabinet meeting before setting a date for his inauguration ceremony, which must be held by May 13.

Pictured: A protester kicks a tear gas canister during the annual May Day demonstrations in Paris, France on Sunday afternoon

Pictured: A protester kicks a tear gas canister during the annual May Day demonstrations in Paris, France on Sunday afternoon

At least 5000 officers wearing riot gear were on duty in Paris on Sunday - with water cannons and armoured cars also deployed on the streets of the French capital (Pictured)

At least 5000 officers wearing riot gear were on duty in Paris on Sunday - with water cannons and armoured cars also deployed on the streets of the French capital (Pictured)

Violence erupted in France today as thousands of rioters used traditional May Day protests to demonstrate against the re-election of President Emmanuel Macron. Pictured: A protester in Paris holds a banner that translates as 'Empty fridge! No more!' at a burning barricade during a May Day march marking International Workers' Day

Violence erupted in France today as thousands of rioters used traditional May Day protests to demonstrate against the re-election of President Emmanuel Macron. Pictured: A protester in Paris holds a banner that translates as 'Empty fridge! No more!' at a burning barricade during a May Day march marking International Workers' Day

Pictured: A protester aims a firework during clashes with police on the sidelines of the annual May Day rally, marking International Workers' Day, in Paris

Pictured: A protester aims a firework during clashes with police on the sidelines of the annual May Day rally, marking International Workers' Day, in Paris

Pictured: A fire of burning trash is seen in the street during the traditional May Day union march in Paris, France

Pictured: A fire of burning trash is seen in the street during the traditional May Day union march in Paris, France

At least 5000 officers were on duty in Paris alone on Sunday, with water cannons and armoured cars also deployed on the streets of the French capital

Tear gas and baton charges were used against a mob close to Place de la Bastille, as banks and a McDonalds fast food outlet were attacked by protesters

At least 5000 officers were on duty in Paris alone on Sunday, with water cannons and armoured cars also deployed on the streets of the French capital

Tear gas and baton charges were used against a mob close to Place de la Bastille, as banks and a McDonalds fast food outlet were attacked by protesters dressed in black hoods and wearing balaclavas (Pictured)

Tear gas and baton charges were used against a mob close to Place de la Bastille, as banks and a McDonalds fast food outlet were attacked by protesters dressed in black hoods and wearing balaclavas (Pictured)

Pictured: Protesters gather around a burning object in the road on the sidelines of the annual May Day rally in Paris, France

Pictured: Protesters gather around a burning object in the road on the sidelines of the annual May Day rally in Paris, France

Pictured: One protester holds an umbrella and a yellow vest as thousands of protestors march to mark International Workers' Dry on Sunday

Pictured: One protester holds an umbrella and a yellow vest as thousands of protestors march to mark International Workers' Dry on Sunday 

The remnants of a black desk chair is pictured on fire on the pavement as protestors walk by on Sunday afternoon

The remnants of a black desk chair is pictured on fire on the pavement as protestors walk by on Sunday afternoon

Pictured: A protester attempts to stop firefighters from putting out a fire amid clashes on the sidelines of the annual May Day rally in Paris, France

Pictured: A protester attempts to stop firefighters from putting out a fire amid clashes on the sidelines of the annual May Day rally in Paris, France

‘The May Day mobilisation must be as massive as possible,’ said Philippe Martinez, general secretary of the General Confederation of Labour – France’s largest trade union.

‘Beyond the unions, citizens must take to the streets so as to make sure their social and environmental demands are made loud and clear.’

Marches and meetings were being held

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