Macron and Le Pen fight for French working-class vote

France’s presidential candidates battled for the working-class vote in a day of sometimes violent protests ahead of next Sunday’s election.

As May Day workers’ rights marches were being held across the country, the National Front’s Marine Le Pen attacked her rival Emmanuel Macron as an “enemy of the people” who represented finance and “savage globalisation”.

The rancour and confusion of the campaign spilled on to the streets, with some trade unions refusing to back Mr Macron against the far-right Ms Le Pen and clashes between riot police and masked youths in Paris. Some protesters threw Molotov cocktails, wounding at least three police officers.