Keyword: May Day

New video shows Macron aide and associate illegally 'policing' May Day crowds

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Alexandre Benalla (circled, with white hood) and Vincent Crase (circled right) during the arrest of a man in the Jardin des plantes on May 1st. Alexandre Benalla (circled, with white hood) and Vincent Crase (circled right) during the arrest of a man in the Jardin des plantes on May 1st.

French President Emmanuel Macron’s security aide Alexandre Benalla, together with an employee of Macron’s ruling LREM party, Vincent Crase, were involved on May 1st in other incidents before they assaulted a man among May Day crowds at a square in the Latin Quarter of Paris. In a new video obtained by Mediapart, the two men, officially present alongside police as civilian “observers” of crowd-control operations that day, can be seen heavy-handedly joining in the arrest of a man at a public park. The new evidence of their violent and illegal behaviour that day further deepens the scandal of a suspected cover-up of their actions by the presidential office and senior police hierarchy.

Macron security aide Benalla fired and taken into custody

French President Emmanuel Macron's personal security aide Alexandre Benalla, who was revealed this week to have assaulted May Day demonstrators while wearing a police helmet and armband ID during what was supposed to be a mission of observation of crowd control police, has been fired and taken into custody for questioning as the scandal spread to allegations of a cover up involving France's interior minister and senior presidential staff. 

No concerted protests on May 1st in France despite social unrest

Despite unrest from students, rail and airline workers, union are staging separate rallies in France to mark International Workers Day.

Tear gas as Le Pen, Macron hold May Day rallies

May Day march attended by thousands in Paris was disrupted as scores of hooded youths threw petrol bombs at riot police in full gear.

France on high alert for May Day as protesters march against Le Pen

Demonstrators to use 1 May marches to oppose far-right presidential candidate as Front National holds its annual gathering.

France labour unrest: clashes erupt at May Day march

Police responded with tear gas when youths began throwing missiles, bringing the protest march in Paris to a standstill.

Topless protesters disrupt Marine Le Pen's May Day speech

Activists interrupted French far-right leader’s address displaying slogans including 'Heil Le Pen' and 'Stop Fascism' on their breasts.

French unions hold rival May Day marches

The rival marches saw protests at the government's austerity plan, while the far-right held its traditional Paris rally in tribute to Joan of Arc.

French elections in images: Sarkozy's 'real labour' Mayday call

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Photographer Patrick Artinian is following the French presidential election campaign trail for Mediapart, with a series of photo and video reportages of the candidates, their supporters, meetings and the milestone events. Here he captures the atmosphere at Nicolas Sarkozy’s counter-May Day rally in Paris on May 1st, when the incumbent presidential election candidate, forecast by opinion surveys to be trounced by Socialist Party rival François Hollande in the final play-off on Sunday, called on his supporters to turn out en masse in support of “real labour”. The notion, he said, describes he "who gets up very early every morning and goes to bed late at night, who doesn't ask for congratulations, nor medals, nothing.”     

French May Day labor fest sparks election battle

 Francois Hollande accuses President Nicolas Sarkozy of trying to hijack a centuries-old May Day celebration of labor rights for political end.