In many cities in France, people have taken to the streets to protest against the advance of the extreme right. More than a hundred mostly left-wing organizations held marches in places across the country.
In total, according to the French Ministry of the Interior, 119 meetings were held. The biggest one was in Paris. It was the first time since the easing of corona measures that protests were held on such a large scale again.
The French police and the organisers mention very different figures. According to the organizers, there were 70,000 people on their feet in Paris and 150,000 at all meetings. Police keep it at 9000 people in the capital and 37,000 in total.
One of the prominent participants was Benoit Hamon, who competed in the French presidential elections for the Socialist Party in 2017. He said that “far-right ideas are no longer the monopoly of extreme right parties”. According to him, they have seeped through the mainstream politics.
Flour in face
At the march in Paris, there was an incident. The leader of an extreme left party, Jean-Luc Mélenchon, was thrown in the face when he spoke to journalists. Before that, a suspect was arrested later.
It is the second time in a short period of time that a politician in France has been the victim of aggression. Last Tuesday, President Macron was beaten in the face. The unsub has been sentenced to four months in prison.
Mélenchon, who wants to take part in the presidential elections next year, recently came into conflict. Hes accused of having ties to Muslim extremists. Also, he would have given oxygen to conspiracy theories.