Anti-Sarkozy demo at Paris Bastille

8th May 2007, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, May 7, 2007 (AFP) - Some 200 protestors, most of them high-school students, staged a rowdy protest against rightwing president-elect Nicolas Sarkozy on Monday.

PARIS, May 7, 2007 (AFP) - Some 200 protestors, most of them high-school students, staged a rowdy protest against rightwing president-elect Nicolas Sarkozy on Monday.

Blocking traffic with metal barriers and camping in the centre of the road near the Place de la Bastille -- the scene of violent clashes with police the night before -- the demonstrators urged drivers to show their support by honking their horns.

Chanting "Sarko, Fascist, the people will get you!" and "Sarko, Rabble, you've got to go!" -- referring to Sarkozy's notorious description of young troublemakers as "racaille" -- they draped a French flag scrawled with the slogan "Resist Sarkozy" across the steps of the Bastille Opera house.

Sarkozy's election on Sunday sparked wild celebrations in the capital, but also fiery protests by disappointed left-wing supporters that turned nasty in Bastille and half a dozen other cities.

Several hundred cars were torched by youth gangs in the same high-immigration suburbs hit by riots in 2005, but the country was spared the large-scale eruption of violence which some of Sarkozy's rivals had predicted.


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Subject: French news

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