Violent Clashes Erupt in Paris Following Election Results, Germany, EU Back Macron

Police in Paris clashed with anarchist demonstrators, protesting the election result

Riot police was deployed in the Bastille area of Paris, after anti-fascist and anarchist protesters took to the streets to express their disapproval of the election results.

According to latest reports from the French Interior Ministry, Le Pen is still in the lead with 23,42 percent of the vote, with Emmanuel Macron closely behind with 22,93. Francois Fillon has won 19,69 percent and Jean-Luc Melenchon ended fourth with 18,61 percent.

The result could still change as votes in large urban areas are still being counted.

In her post-election speech, Emmanuel Macron appealed for ‘large majority’

Today, the people of France have spoken. As our country confronts an unprecedented moment in its history, it has responded in the best way possible – by voting in huge numbers. It has decided to place me first in this first round.

To all those who have accompanied me since April 2016, in founding and bringing En Marche! to life, I would like to say this: in the space of a year, we have changed the face of French political life.

That’s why I want to construct a majority to govern and to transform, of new talents, in which all will have their place. I will not ask where they come from, but whether they agree with the renewal of our politics, the security of the French people, reforming society and relaunching the European project.

You are the face of this renewal. You are the face of France’s hope. My fellow citizens, there is not more than one France. There is only one, ours, the France of patriots, in a Europe that protects and that we must reform. The task is immense, but I am ready, at your sides. Vive la République, vive la France.

To all those who have accompanied me since April 2016, in founding and bringing En Marche! to life, I would like to say this: in the space of a year, we have changed the face of French political life.

Even before the officials results were in, Macron received congratulation from Germany and the European Union.

The spokesman for German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, congratulated Macron for going through to the second round.

“It’s good that Emmanuel Macron was successful with his course for a strong EU and social market economy. Everything is good for the next two weeks.”

He said in a tweet.

Macron also received praises from EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini who tweeted: “The result is the hope and future of our generation.”

Source: The Guardian, BBC

Photo: Reuters