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Issue: 46 Section: Visuals Geography: Europe France Topics: police, elections, social movements

June 3, 2007

Right Protest

A photo essay on the protests surrounding the election of a right-wing president in France

by Hughes Leglise-Bataille

Three protesters, who had climbed on the front of a police truck to avoid its water cannon, are doused with pepper spray. Photo: Hughes Leglise-Bataille

On May 6, Nicolas Sarkozy was elected president of France after a particularly divisive electoral campaign. Immediately following the announcement of the election results thousands of people rallied at the Bastille in Paris in opposition to the new right-wing French leader. The police stepped in and clashes ensued, resulting in injuries, arrests and arson.

Broken glass from a bus stop litters the pavement behind a police officer.
A journalist from French TV station M6 is arrested by police.
Protesters resisting a water canon.
Three protesters, who had climbed on the front of a police truck to avoid its water cannon, are doused with pepper spray.
Tear gas fills the lower stairs of the Opéra Bastille.

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