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Tensions are rising in the post-vote protest in Paris against President-elect Emmanuel Macron, as well as against new labor reforms. Police have briefly engaged in scuffles with protesters, according to images from the scene.
“He is not our president”, “Say No to the new labor reform!”, “Say No to repression”, read the banners held by demonstrators.
Representatives of trade unions, left wing groups, as well as anti-fascists and anarchists are taking part in the rally, according to French media.
“En Marche! is pushing towards social war” said another banner held by protesters. The En Marche! political party was created by Macron in 2016 after he stepped down as Economy Minister under Francois Hollande’s government to join the presidential race.
Activists announced before the presidential run-off that they would demonstrate regardless of who won, saying that both Macron’s and rival Marine Le Pen’s policies are anti-social.
The protest was partially organized on Facebook by the Front Social political movement.
“The next President of the Republic is already preparing his anti-social policy,” the movement wrote on its Facebook page, “We… tell him that we will not let him implement his policy.”