Chaos in Paris as annual May Day march turns into mass riot in protest against Marine Le Pen

One police officer is completely surrounded by flames as the violence escalated (Photo: AFP)

More than 9,000 police have been drafted in for the march which descended into carnage as officers were forced to use tear gas and baton charges to control the violence

Chaos erupted on the streets of Paris as a May Day workers’ march saw riots break-out in protest against Marine Le Pen.

Fighting broke out in central Paris during a rally held close to the Place de la Bastille, where protestors shouted ‘Fascists out!’.

They were furious that Ms. Le Pen, 48, has got through to the second round of the election to choose a new head of state.

Six French police officers were injured by Molotov cocktails with one badly hurt by a firebomb that exploded on top of his helmet which resulted in flames engulfing his entire body.

A police source said: “Around one hundred hooded protestors got as close as they could to police lines, and then one or two threw Molotov Cocktails.

“One officer suffered serious burns to the face just after 3pm. He was rushed to hospital. He is in a bad way, but his condition is not life threatening. Another officer suffered serious hand wounds, while others were less badly hurt. There were five arrests in all.”

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Source: Mirror Online

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