Police and protesters clash in Nantes during an anti-Le Pen protest ahead of the far-right presidential candidate's rally. Rough Cut (No reporter narration)
ROUGH CUT. NO REPORTER NARRATION. Riot police and protesters clashed in France's western city of Nantes on Saturday (February 25), as over 2,000 people gathered to demonstrate against the far-right National Front leader and presidential candidate Marine Le Pen ahead of her rally on Sunday. According to police, three gendarmes were wounded by projectiles and several shop windows were smashed. Police responded by firing tear gas and stun grenades to disperse the crowd. Four individuals were arrested according to a report made by police on Saturday evening. Protesters gathered with flags and signs in Nantes' centre to protest against Le Pen's hosting a meeting ahead of the April-May presidential election for which an opinion poll on Friday showed her leading in the first round. The Ifop poll also showed that independent candidate Emmanuel Macron is favourite to win in the second round of the presidential election, either against Le Pen or against conservative Francois Fillon.