French students protest both Marine Le Pen and Emmanuel Macron

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Watched by riot police, French high school students have protested in Paris against both presidential candidates — far-right Marine Le Pen and centrist Emmanuel Macron.

Students blocked entrances to some high schools Thursday and marched through eastern Paris toward the neighbourhood of the Bastille. Some held banners reading “No Fatherland, No Boss, No Le Pen, No Macron,” referring to Le Pen’s nationalist campaign and Macron’s pro-business campaign.

An election-night protest in the same area Sunday degenerated into clashes between projectile-throwing demonstrators and police firing tear gas.

A Paris school district official says teens blocked or tried to block some 20 high schools in the Paris area Thursday morning. Students are holding demonstrations in front of some schools.

Le Pen and Macron face each other in a May 7 runoff.

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Star wire services