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Two ‘shot dead by police’ in Paris election riots


Two people have died after reportedly being shot dead by police in Paris during post-election riots.

A police source told the AFP agency that officers in the French capital opened fire when a vehicle began speeding towards them.

The incident occurred at a police checkpoint at Pont Neuf just after midnight local time after the driver refused to stop.

A security perimeter had been set in the centre of the city on Sunday evening (April 25) following violent far-left street protests against the re-election of Emmanuel Macron.

A special police taskforce is expected to attend the scene to inspect the use of a lethal weapon by officers. Photographs from the scene showed emergency vehicles surrounding a black car.



The incident occurred at a police checkpoint at Pont Neuf in Paris as anti-Macron protests turned violent
The incident occurred at a police checkpoint at Pont Neuf in Paris as anti-Macron protests turned violent

Paul Sugy, a journalist at broadsheet newspaper Le Figaro, said “several victims” were on the ground, and added that gunshots had been heard elsewhere during the protests.

The incumbent President defeated extreme right challenger Marine Le Pen by 58.6% to 41.4% in the second round of the election.

Earlier in the evening a video appeared to show police dramatically charging at protestors as protests in response to Macron’s victory turned violent.

Dozens of campaigners can be seen running away from the scene as police respond to the aftermath of the results of the 2022 French presidential election at Place de la Republique.



Public disorder broke out earlier on Sunday evening as the incumbent President won re-election
Public disorder broke out earlier on Sunday evening as the incumbent President won re-election

French journalist Simon Louvet uploaded the video on Twitter and said there was “strong tensions” between the police and campaigners.

He said: “Police charge, several demonstrators on the ground. The group is driven back to the middle of the Place de la République, locked on all sides. No strategy on the protest side.”

The journalist added that some protestors were trying to evade the police by moving the demonstration elsewhere.

Further protests are expected on May 1 on an annual day of direct action by left-wing street campaigners.

The identities of the two dead at Pont Neuf have not been released.

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