Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

'How Can They Chant about Hating Police Just after an Officer Got Killed?'

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

'How Can They Chant about Hating Police Just after an Officer Got Killed?'

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Byline: Josh Neicho LETTER FROM PARIS

THE start of the main May Day rally at Republique is a joyous Leftist festival that would delight Jeremy Corbyn, with banners from every international cause from Turkish communists to the Western Sahara.

The unions are split over the second round of the election. While the CFDT has rallied behind Macron, the CGT condemns Le Pen but leaves the possibility of abstaining or a "vote blanc". During the march I hear a spectrum of opinions, plenty "neither Macron nor Le Pen". Others say that it's a false choice and it's better to confound the system, that Macron's employment law was the key evil of the current government and he will pass 10 times worse. The first half of the march is peaceful. Only turning into the final stretch do we hear the crashes of firecrackers and Molotov cocktails. A few yards further on I have my first brush with tear gas, a metallic taste and burning eyes. The riot police, resembling Roman soldiers, mass shoulder to shoulder. …

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