Heavy Riots in Paris after Presidential Election

On April 23rd the first round of the eleventh election of the Fifth Republic of France was held. Polls suggested several different possibilities who could reach the finals. With 93 percent of all constituencies counted Macron and LePen will run for a final. They are both closely followed by Fillon and Mélenchon.

Riots as First Polls are released

Demonstrators gathered at night in front of the opera at Place de la Bastille in the center of Paris. As soon as the first statistics were released and Macron and LePen were leading protestor occupied the Place de la Bastille. The protest was announced with the name ‘Nuit des Barricades’ – Night of the Barricades. After some protestors ripped big peaces of wood from a construction site in the middle of the square police came close. They surrounded a part of the group protesting. One girl was pushed by a policeman and was injured seriously at the throat and bleeding. A big group split off to rally through the area around Place de la Bastille. This group of maybe two-hundred built roadblocks, smashed bank widows and attacked police car. As the group returned to Place de la Bastille riots kind of ended for a moment.

Later at night some clashes were also happening at Place de la Republique where another group of people gathered. Police deploayed tear-gas.

In an area a little north of the protest two cars were set in fire.

All in all the fact that LePen made it to the finals is a bad sign for France and all of Europe. People seem very angry and disappointed by the fact that Macron and LePen are going for the finals. Protest might continue on April 24. Check our blog for new info.

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Michael Trammer

I am a young freelance photo- and videojournalist currently based in the Munich area. Also I am founder of the page 24mmjournalism - what started as a small project to make my pictures available for the public has by now become a team project. My personal approach and declared goal is to document the fast-moving and always changing world around us. Protests and social movements are an often chosen way to display anger and mischief about conditions in our society. I try to deliver a wide-angle picture of those, confronting the viewer with the full width of the documented incident. 24mm of course also refers to my all favourite focal length and one of my best companions. Do not hesitate to contact me so we can get in touch - either if you have criticism on my work or want to join the 24mmjorunalism team!

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