Hundreds of students blocked the entrances to the Sorbonne University in Paris to protest the results of the first round of the presidential election. They do not want to choose between incumbent President Emmanuel Macron, whom they consider a “neoliberal and authoritarian,” or Marine Le Pen, a “fascist,” reading a message circulating among students.
Demonstrations took place in several educational institutions against politicians. A university spokesperson said two campuses are closed for security reasons. Classes have been postponed or will continue online.
The final round of the presidential election will take place on Sunday, April 24th. In the first round of elections last Sunday, nearly 28 percent of voters voted for Macron and more than 23 percent for Le Pen. More than a quarter of eligible voters did not vote. Nearly 30 percent of the vote went to the far left or far right.
The previously influential Center Left Party (Parti Socialiste) was eliminated with 1.75 percent of the vote, as were the centre-right Republicans who received less than 4.8 percent of the vote. In many large cities, left-wing radical Jean-Luc Mélenchon garnered an astonishing number of votes.
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