May 30, 2014
No, bro. It means more black people, everywhere.
Thousands of students rallied across France Thursday to protest against the anti-immigration National Front party, whose historic success in EU polls they said threatened democracy.
Waving banners that read “No to the National Front”, and “Wake up, France,” demonstrators rallied in Lyon, in the east of the country, as well as in Paris, Toulouse, Rouen, Amiens, Nantes, Marseille and Bordeaux.
“We respect the result of the European elections, of democracy, but we do not accept the values of the National Front (FN),” said Silvio Philippe, one of the organisers of the Lyon rally. “French democracy is in danger.”
On Thursday — a national holiday in France — young people met in cities across the country to protest against the party.
One organiser said the rallies had been organised after a call to action by a secondary school student in the multi-cultural southern port city of Marseille.
In Paris, thousands of students met at the Bastille shouting anti-right wing slogans. Police said the crowds topped 4,000, although organisers said it was double that.
A large group of students rallied outside the European Parliament in Strasbourg, some carrying banners reading “We will not let fascism happen”.
AFP reporters estimated the crowd at 2,000-strong, the police put the number at 800.