People in many cities in France took to the streets to protest the rise of the far right. More than a hundred mainly left-wing organizations marched across the country.
According to the French Ministry of the Interior, there were a total of 119 meetings. The biggest is in Paris. Such a large-scale protest has been held again, this is the first time since the coronavirus measures were relaxed.
The number of voters mentioned by the French police and the organizers is very different. According to the organizers, 70,000 people gathered in Paris, and the total number of people in all meetings was 150,000. The police designated it as the capital with 9,000 people, for a total of 37,000 people.
One of the outstanding participants is Benoit Hamon, who ran for the Socialist Party in the 2017 French presidential election. He said, “Ultra-right thinking is no longer the monopoly of ultra-right parties.” According to him, they have penetrated into mainstream politics.
Flour on the face
An incident occurred during the parade in Paris. The leader of the ultra-left party, Jean-Luc Melanchon, was thrown in the face during an interview with reporters. A suspect was later arrested.
This is the second time a French politician has become a victim of aggression in a short time. On Tuesday, President Macron was punched in the face. The perpetrator has been sentenced to four months’ imprisonment.
Mei Langxiong, who wants to participate in next year’s presidential election, has recently been discredited. He was accused of ties to Muslim extremists. He will also inject oxygen into conspiracy theories.