Paris(IP)_ Labour unions and student organizations in France led protests against newly re-elected President Emmanuel Macron with demands for higher wages, support for public services, and more climate-friendly policies.

Iran Press/Europe: The yellow vest protests in France began on November 17, 2018, to achieve environmental reforms but quickly turned into a massive weekly demonstration against the government of Emmanuel Macron. While the Russia-Ukraine war overshadows Europe, the French people have repeatedly protested against the high cost of living and the cost of insurance.

Clashes broke out between young people dressed in black and Paris' police, with many shop windows destroyed and fires breaking out. Demonstrators broke bank windows, wrote anticapitalist messages on a McDonald's, and police fired tear gas.

France's Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin said that "thugs" were committing "unacceptable violence" and expressed his "full support for police."

Opponents of Macron's policies also protested against Macron's participation in the streets of various French cities during the election campaign and on election day. In the second round of the French presidential race, Macron defeated Marine Le Pen, the far-right candidate of the right-wing party, to remain president for the second time in a row.

The final results of the April 24 election showed that Macron defeated his far-right rival, Marine Le Pen, by a significant margin, but he was not happy with the widespread dissatisfaction, and all eyes were on the June parliamentary vote in France.


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