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Two dead as Paris police open fire while anti-Macron protesters take to capital's streets


Protests have erupted across France following the result of the 2022 Presidential Election.

Emmanuel Macron will return to the Elysee Palace for another five years after winning his second consecutive contest against National Rally’s Marine Le Pen.

Mr Macron is projected to have won the 2022 contest by a tighter margin than in 2017.

The French President is set to receive 58.8 percent of the vote compared to 41.2 percent for the far-right candidate, according to IPSOS.

However, opponents of Mr Macron have voiced their disappointment with the result by protesting.

It had been reported riot police had come into contact with protesters and used tear gas.

Elsewhere in the French capital, it has even been claimed two people have been killed after police opened fire at a vehicle which had failed to comply with a police request to stop.

Paul Sugy, a journalist at the Paris-based daily morning newspaper Le Figaro and CNews columnist, claimed gunshots had been heard during the protests.

Mr Sugy told his 13,000 Twitter followers in French: “Gunshots heard at the Pont Neuf, in the square du Vert-Galant.

“According to witnesses on the spot, a man forced a police barrage, which responded by firing automatic weapons.

“Several victims on the ground are taken care of by the emergency services.”

Agence France-Presse has since reported two people were killed during an incident in the French capital.

They said: “Police officers fired this evening in Paris on a vehicle which tried to hit them, killing two occupants of the vehicle and injuring a third, learned the AFP from a police source.”

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