NIn the aftermath of the turnaround in early legislative elections in France, which gave victory to the New Popular Front coalition, clashes broke out between protesters and police in several parts of the country.

In the French capital, hooded groups tried to provoke authorities in Place de la République, who responded with tear gas, according to Le Figaro.

The protesters not only set fire to bicycles and trash cans, but also threw fireworks and projectiles at the police, leading to the arrest of at least one person. They also attempted to break into businesses.

Authorities estimate that eight thousand people gathered at the site.

In Marseille, around five thousand people took to the streets, throwing fireworks and smoke bombs at Place Jean-Jaures.

In Lyon, hooded far-right activists were seen walking around the city, being followed by authorities. Far-left supporters were also on the streets, which led to clashes with the police, the same outlet reported.

In Nantes, at least one police officer suffered second-degree burns on his forearms after being hit by a Molotov cocktail. There were also three arrests.

It should be remembered that the estimates released after the polls closed for the second round of the legislative elections point to a victory for the New Popular Front, with 172 and 215 deputies, while Emmanuel Macron’s bloc could count on 150 to 180 seats, ahead of the far-right party, with 115 to 155 deputies elected.

In the first round on June 30, the far-right party managed to win legislative elections for the first time, obtaining 33.1% of the vote and almost doubling its support since France last elected its National Assembly in 2022.

It was followed by the left-wing alliance New Popular Front (which brings together socialists, ecologists and communists and is led by Jean-Luc Mélenchon’s radical left party France Insoumise (LFI)) with 28%. Ensemble (Together) obtained 20%.

The French legislative elections were called by Macron, following the defeat of his party and the sharp rise of the National Rally in the European Parliament elections on 9 June. The election of a new executive was not due to take place until 2027.

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