Hun­dreds march against far-right pres­i­den­tial hope­ful

The Washington Times Daily - - WORLD -

PARIS | Hun­dreds of peo­ple in France marched on Sun­day to protest far-right Na­tional Front leader and pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Marine Le Pen, say­ing that ba­sic free­doms would dis­ap­pear if she were elected.

Some protesters threw fire­bombs at po­lice dur­ing the march from subur­ban Au­bervil­liers to a Paris neigh­bor­hood where Ms. Le Pen is sched­uled to hold a rally on Mon­day. Of­fi­cers re­sponded with tear gas dur­ing the skir­mishes.

Fer­nanda Mar­ruc­chelli said Ms. Le Pen’s anti-im­mi­gra­tion party “is fight­ing our es­sen­tial free­doms, our rights, no mat­ter if we are French or im­mi­grant.”

A ban­ner at the front of the march read “Paris-Sub­urbs Against the Na­tional Front.” Marchers handed out tracts de­nounc­ing xeno­pho­bia and racism that they al­lege Ms. Le Pen and her anti-im­mi­gra­tion party rep­re­sent.

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