Climate change activists forced the closure of a main square in central Paris on Saturday to protest against the environmental programmes put forward by France’s remaining presidential candidates.
The Extinction Rebellion (XR) had said on its website that it planned to block a major Parisian location to disrupt the electoral cycle and its “business as usual” attitude.
While the cost of living is the top election theme, energy policies are closely linked to that, and incumbent Emmanuel Macron and his far-right challenger Marine Le Pen have put forward very different policies on the renewables sector in particular.
“We are blocking this Paris square to rebel against alternatives that we don’t have. This election leaves us with no choice between a far-right candidate with repugnant ideas ... and a candidate who during five years cast the ecology issue aside and lied,” Lou, 26, a history teacher, who joined the Extinction Rebellion movement two years ago told Reuters.
Hundreds of people gathered in Paris’ 9th district brandishing banners targeting the candidates, chanting slogans such as “their inaction leads to our rebellion”, or lay on the floor in protest.
Just eight days ahead of a runoff that will determine who will lead the European Union’s second-largest economy for the next five years, polls show the centrist president is slightly ahead of his far-right rival, but the contest promises to be tight.
Cancelo, a two-times league winner with City who was selected twice in the Premier League Team of the Year, moved to Bayern on an initial loan deal
Combined market cap of Adani Group's listed units has collapsed by more than $120 billion
The unemployment rate dipped to 3.4%, the lowest level since 1969
This is the second such incident reported in a flight operated by the carrier in the last 20 days
The decree lists out the conditions, requirements a non-Muslim couple needs to meet before they can get married in the emirate
Alka Kalra, who was diagnosed with the disease days after her grandchild was born, was devastated when she first heard the news