Legislative elections: tensions in the streets of Rennes and Nantes: News

Tensions erupted between police and protesters on Sunday evening in Rennes and Nantes, where several thousand people marched after celebrating the results of the legislative elections, according to AFP journalists on the scene.

In Rennes, a thousand people, 750 people according to the prefecture, gathered in the early evening at Place de la République.

When the results of the legislative elections were announced, giving the New Popular Front the lead, applause and cries of joy broke out: “We won”, “No RN elected in Brittany”, chanted the demonstrators, who also sang anti-RN slogans such as “it’s hot for the fascists”.

This gathering had been banned by the prefecture and the police were present in large numbers, according to an AFP journalist.

The demonstrators then set off in a procession for a “festive stroll” towards the historic centre but the police prevented them from going there.

While they were blocked near the station, demonstrators threw projectiles at the police, who responded with tear gas, according to AFP, which noted that the window of a supermarket was damaged.

Twenty-five people, and not 31 as initially indicated, were arrested “after damage was caused to the eastern quays of the city”, the prefecture said.

Shortly before midnight, calm had returned to Rennes, according to an AFP journalist.

In Nantes, 2,500 people, according to the prefecture, gathered to follow the results in the city centre, in a festive atmosphere, noted an AFP journalist.

A procession then marched through the streets and was repeatedly pushed back by the police, who used tear gas. Fireworks were fired by demonstrators at the police, who were also targeted with bottles.

At around 10:15 p.m., the police again fired tear gas to disperse the demonstrators.

A police officer was injured and evacuated conscious by firefighters after a Molotov cocktail exploded near him, according to AFP. The prefecture said the officer suffered “burns” and that three people were arrested.

“The Prefect of Loire-Atlantique, Fabrice Rigoulet-Roze, condemns, in the strongest terms, these acts of violence against the police and gives his full support to the injured police officer,” she added.

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