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The Photos From The Anti-Election Protests Happening In Paris Are Terrifying

WARNING: This post contains graphic images.

Posted on May 2, 2017, at 4:38 a.m. ET

Things escalated during a protest in Paris on Monday after antifascists and anarchists lit a shopping cart on fire and pushed it into a blockade of riot police.

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More than 40,000 protesters reportedly assembled for the march through Paris on Monday. The large group of β€” mostly very young β€” masked antifascists and anarchists led the march.

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Protesters were armed with molotov cocktails, firecrackers, bottles, and flares. Six police officers were injured.

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May 1 is called Fete du Travail and it's typically a day of protest in France. There were more than 250 events planned across the country.

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The march was meant to travel four kilometers through central Paris, starting in Place de la RΓ©publique, making its way to Place de la Bastille, and then finishing in Place de la Nation.

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The majority of the protest was largely peaceful. Many were there to protest both candidates of the French presidential election.

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Currently, centrist candidate Emannuel Macron is leading the polls by 20% against populist far-right candidate Marine Le Pen. Though many people β€” especially in France β€” believe that neither candidate is a good option.

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The final round of France's presidential election is on Sunday, May 7.

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