Six injured, 29 arrests in Paris protests

Six people, including three security agents, have been injured during protests in central Paris against the result of the first round of the French presidential elections, police say.

Around 29 people remained in police custody following the demonstrations in which leftist activists came out to voice their opposition to independent centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron and far-right National Front leader Marine Le Pen, both of which are set to battle it out for the Elysee Palace on May 7.

Anti-fascist and anti-capitalist demonstrators gathered at Place de la Bastille and Place de la Republique, in the heart of Paris, two hours before polling stations for Sunday’s first round of voting closed in the early evening.

Initially, protesters built barricades in the squares, but as exit poll data started to filter through pointing to a victory for both Macron and Le Pen, the demonstrations became more violent.

Several people threw firecrackers, causing damage to nearby vehicles and shop windows.

Activists in Toulouse, Lyon, Bordeaux and Grenoble also staged protests that turned violent.

Figures outlining the number of people arrested across France are yet to be made public.

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