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Protesters march against Le Pen as French campaign enters final week

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Several hundred protesters marched in northern Paris to protest against far-right National Front (FN) leader Marine Le Pen.

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They are saying that basic freedoms would disappear if she were elected to the French presidency, France 24 reports.

With just a week to go before the first round of France's presidential election, the demonstrators marched from the multi-ethnic northern suburb of Aubervilliers to a Paris neighbourhood where Le Pen is scheduled to hold a rally on Monday.

A group of protesters threw firebombs at police, who responded with tear gas during small skirmishes.

Protester Fernanda Marrucchelli said Le Pen's anti-immigration party "is fighting our essential freedoms, our rights, no matter if we are French or immigrant".

A banner at the front of the march read "Paris-Suburbs Against the National Front". Marchers handed out tracts denouncing the xenophobia and racism they associate with Le Pen and the party co-founded by her father.

Denouncing the "extreme-right populism" that has spread around Europe, anti-racism activist Omar Slauti said the fight against the far right should shift to the street, rather than the ballot box.

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