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Burned-out cars & police brutality: VIDEOS capture violence in France amid presidential vote


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One disturbing scene captured by Ruptly shows a young woman scuffling with a police officer, and being forcefully thrown on the asphalt face-down. Others rush to help the woman, who cries in pain and struggles to get up, but eventually remains helplessly lying on the ground. An ambulance crew then arrives to take away the young protester, who seems to have suffered serious injuries.

Another Ruptly clip shows cars burning near Paris’s Stalingrad metro station, hours after the city witnessed scenes of protests and clashes in its very center. The French youth, which appeared to make up most of the agitated crowds facing off with the police, vented their frustration with the course of the French presidential election, which saw the liberal centrist Emmanuel Macron and far-right nationalist Marine Le Pen advance into the second round.

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