French Protesters Tear Gassed After Macron Victory

French riot police charged and sprayed teargas on demonstrators protesting in the central neighborhood of Chatelet, central Paris after President Emmanuel Macron won a second five-year term on Sunday.

Macron’s victory set off riots and protests across the country.

On Sunday evening, videos posted on social media showed police charging against protesters and using tear gas to clear areas.

Earlier, Macron gained international fame for trying to mediate between Ukraine and Russia at the beginning of the war between the Eastern European countries.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson congratulated Macron on his victory. 

Meanwhile, European Council President Charles Michel also said that the EU “can count on” France for five more years.

“In this turbulent period, we need a solid Europe and a France totally committed to a more sovereign and more strategic European Union,” Michel said.

Macron is the first French president in 20 years to win a second term.

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