The gathering of a diverse set of French people to combat racism should have been a cause for celebration, but instead, it has demonised by France's intelligentsia.
Rally organised by Collectif Contre l'Islamophobie en France two weeks after a man with far-right connections fired shots in a mosque in the southwestern city of Bayonne, wounding two elderly men.
In several EU states, there are systematic attempts to intimidate journalists with hostilities on the rise in the US.
The demonstrations are the fourth in a series launched in September that have done little to dent President Emmanuel Macron's ambitions of economic reforms, given his hefty majority in parliament.
French President Emmanuel Macron believes reforms will allow flexibility and create more jobs, while the protesters say they threaten labour rights.
France's status in the EU is at stake in the run-off vote for the French presidency. Frontrunner Macron has promises to woo financiers and make Paris "the new London," while far-right Le Pen courts far-left voters scared of free market reforms.
As the French head to the polls to choose their new president, here's a quick overview of the five most popular candidates.
Over 60,000 polling stations closed at 18:00 GMT on Sunday for 47 million eligible voters who chose between 11 candidates in the most unpredictable election in generations under tight security.
Voting already began on Saturday for French overseas territories and French residents in the United States and Canada, a day before the main first round of presidential elections in France.
In keeping with global trends, this year's race has shaken up the country's political geography, with populist politicians on the far-left and far-right gaining ground over establishment candidates.
From charismatic candidates on the far-left and far-right, to those plagued either by links to unpopular big parties and even corruption allegations, France's presidential hopefuls are an interesting bunch.
The four top candidates courted undecided voters as campaigning for France's most unpredictable presidential election entered its final week.
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