Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

World Briefs: Protesters Attack Macedonian Lawmakers after Leadership Vote

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

World Briefs: Protesters Attack Macedonian Lawmakers after Leadership Vote

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Lawmakers bloodied in Macedonia attack

Scores of protesters, many wearing masks, broke through a police cordon and entered Macedonia's parliament late Thursday, attacking lawmakers to protest the election of a new speaker despite a months-long deadlock in talks to form a new government.

The protesters stormed parliament after the country's opposition Social Democrats and parties representing Macedonia's ethnic Albanian minority voted for a new speaker. Shouting and throwing chairs, the protesters attacked lawmakers, including opposition leader Zoran Zaev.

Macedonia has been without a government since December, when former Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski's conservative party won elections but without enough votes to form a government.

Coalition talks broke down over ethnic Albanians' demands that Albanian be recognized as an official second language. One-fourth of Macedonia's population is ethnic Albanian.

Bruising election battle continues in France * Presidential candidates Marine Le Pen and Emmanuel Macron fought over fish and Europe's future as they courted France's blue-collar vote Thursday in an increasingly charged campaign.

A day after "the battle of Whirlpool," when Le Pen upstaged Macron at a home appliance factory threatened with closure, she was up before dawn to cruise aboard a fishing trawler on the Mediterranean. It was her latest TV-friendly effort to portray herself as the candidate of workers against Macron, a centrist former banker and economy minister she paints as a pro-EU elite.

She said France would take back control of its maritime policies if she was elected in the second-round vote May 7.

Macron fired back on Twitter, saying Le Pen's proposals to take France out of the European Union would sink France's fishing industry.

"Have a nice trip. Europe's exit she proposes, it's the end of French fishing. …

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