Riot police fire TEAR GAS at protesters in Paris after Macron’s presidential victory

At least 100 protesters are said to be evading law enforcement in the region, who have launched fired tear gas into the streets in a bid to quell the resistance.

Officers are believed to be checking documents and detaining some protesters after tense exchanges between demonstrators and the authorities.

Heavily armoured police were seen surrounding scores protesters in Paris following the election victory of centrist En Marche candidate Emmanuel Macron.

But despite protesting against Mr Macron’s plans for France’s future, just one in 20 voters within the capital voted for his opponent – far-right firebrand Marine Le Pen.

The run-up to the vote has been marred with violent outbreaks of dissent, with six police officers injured at a May Day demonstration in the capital after molotov cocktails were hurled at law enforcement.

And far-left protesters – once united under eurosceptic leftist Jean-Luc Mélenchon – have taken to the streets multiple times during dying moments of the campaign, chanting “neither Le Pen, nor Macron”.

Mr Macron, founder of En Marche!, comfortably overcame Ms Le Pen in a bitter battle to the Champs Elysee.

The Front National candidate called Mr Macron shortly after 7pm BST to concede defeat winning just 34.5 per cent of the vote to his 65.7 per cent.

Speaking to thousands of his supporters at the Louvre in Paris, Mr Macron said: “Everyone said to us it was impossible, they didn’t know France.”

In a speech earlier, Mr Macron has promised to work for “all of France” and added that “a new chapter in our long history has been turned tonight”.

He told supporters: “I will defend France, its interests, its images, its message.

“I will not allow myself to be stopped by any obstacles.”

Ms Le Pen said “France has voted for continuity” following her defeat, but called it a historic result for the far-right.

She said: “The National Front must deeply renew itself in order to rise to the historic opportunity and meet the French people’s expectations.

“I will propose to start this deep transformation of our movement in order to make a new political force.”

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