Police injured in clashes with Paris May Day protesters

Riot police officers take position as they face protesters during the May Day demonstration.

'One officer suffered serious burns to the face just after 3pm.

Horrific images show police engulfed in flames after protesters threw petrol bombs in Paris today.

While supporters from fringe movements often disrupt protest marches in the French capital, they usually don't carry signs.

Candidates are being reminded that jobs are a top concern for voters - less than a week before the presidential election.

Emmanuel Macron has seen his lead grow over Marine Le Pen in polls before the French Presidential election. Le Pen's, made at a Front National May Day rally, was on France's roots in western Europe.

Le Pen has tried to capitalise on their fears, saying last week that Macron would turn France into "a space, a wasteland, a trading room where there are only consumers and producers".

Representing the Republicans party, Francois Fillon faltered when voters went to the polls April 23.


Despite their differences Le Pen's father, former presidential candidate Jean Marie Le Pen, endorsed his daughter at the foot of the Joan of Arc statue in Paris.

"She is not Joan of Arc", the 88-year-old politician said, "but she accepts the same mission ..."

He denounced Macron as a "masked Socialist" backed by the highly unpopular Socialist President Francois Hollande.

Macron, a former economy minister, is campaigning on strong pro-European, pro-free market, liberal views.

Although five major unions have urged their members not to vote for Ms Le Pen, only two have expressed their support for Mr Macron. According to TV 2, the crowd started chanting: "Resistance!"

Speaking at a convention centre in northern Paris, Macron, however, said Le Pen "had fed off worry and hate for years".

"What the National Front candidate proposes is a one way ticket".

Campaigners took to the streets for the traditional France May Day marches yesterday to protest against the Front National. At the 1995 event, a group of skinheads broke away and pushed 29-year-old Brahim Bourram off a bridge into the Seine, where he drowned. The death drew national outrage.

French independent centrist presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron.

Macron hugged Said Bourram, who was nine when his father was killed.

The professor also brought up the uncertainty of how supporters of far left candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon will cast their ballots as very few of them support the globalist policies of Emmanuel Macron. "That is why I am fighting, to say no to racism".

Le Pen added to Fillon's comment that this showed France is more than a military and industrial power, that France "must and can" become a big power again.

Marine Le Pen had a "Melania" moment: she had copied whole paragraphs of a speech by François Fillon and got caught by attentive listeners and published by the French newspaper Le Monde.

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