Paris police fire tear gas at protesters during May Day protests

One police officer was seriously burnt and two others injured in clashes at a May Day demonstration in Paris in which protesters threw Molotov cocktails and other missiles, French police say.

Protesters battle through tear gas grenades during Paris clashes.

Those set against a Le Pen presidency are wondering whether to vote blank, abstain or vote for Macron, a division visible on Monday, The Guardian says.

Between them Ms Le Pen and Mr Macron attracted only 45 per cent of votes in that round, which eliminated nine other candidates.

"I will not forget anything and I will fight to the last second, not only against her project but against the idea she has of democracy and the nation", Mr Macron said.

"Russians sympathize with Le Pen, some 61% of those polled back her, while only 8% went for Macron", the survey indicated.

Macron has been endorsed by current President Francois Hollande, Republican candidate Francois Fillon and the Socialist Party's Benoit Hamon, but he is not universally liked.

Ms Le Pen, 48, has capitalised on anti-EU feeling, and has promised a referendum on France's membership.

President Francois Hollande, the first sitting French president since the war not to stand for re-election, made a similar call after Macron and Le Pen knocked out the official Socialist candidate in the first round.

Ms Le Pen, meanwhile, also skewered Mr Macron while speaking outside of Paris on Monday, calling the former investment banker a "puppet" of the world of finance and Islamic fundamentalists.

Despite their differences Le Pen's father, former presidential candidate Jean Marie Le Pen, endorsed his daughter at the foot of the Joan of Arc statue in Paris.

At the event Le Pen compared Macron to U.S.

Mr Bourram was pushed off a bridge by a group of skinheads who broke away from the march. French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron is visiting the Holocaust Memorial in Paris with a somber message: Never again.

On this day 15 years ago, some 1.3 million people, including 400,000 in Paris, took to the streets of France in union-led demonstrations to protest against the founder of the National Front (FN).

Polls consider Macron the front-runner in the runoff but the race has been exceptionally unpredictable.

Jean-Luc Melenchon, the far-left candidate who took 19.2 percent of the vote in the first round of the election and has so far refused to endorse Macron, said Sunday that the independent should make a "gesture" by dropping his commitment to reform French labor law.

He told a crowd of several thousand supporters that Ms Le Pen would reduce workers' rights and the ability of French farmers and businesses to trade and export effectively.

According to the survey, 57% of the respondents are sure that the outcome of French presidential race will be significant for Russian Federation.

  • Leroy Wright