Tuesday 21 November 2017

Violence ahead of rally by far-right French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen

Far-right candidate for the French presidential election Marine Le Pen (AP/Jean-Francois Badias)
Far-right candidate for the French presidential election Marine Le Pen (AP/Jean-Francois Badias)

Violent clashes have broken out inside and outside a venue that was supposed to hold a rally by French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen.

Corsican nationalists arrived at the rally in the city of Ajaccio and clashed with her far-right supporters before being evacuated by security, French television BFM TV said.

The disturbance delayed the start of Ms Le Pen's programme by an hour after it was moved to another venue.

David Rachline, her campaign manager, later tweeted that a separate group had clashed with police outside the venue.

He was critical of the security arrangements.

Ms Le Pen is among the leading contenders in France's two-round presidential vote. The top two on April 23 will go into a presidential runoff on May 7.

AP

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