ANGRY protesters clashed with riot police in Paris last night as violence erupted in the wake of Emmanuel Macron’s historic victory.
Demonstrators were doused with tear gas by officials as figures scuffled in the capital after Macron became France’s first president in 20 years.
The incumbent, 44, who received over 58 percent of the vote, declared that “I am everyone’s president” after dismissing far-right candidate Marine Le Pen.
Speaking to thousands of cheering supporters under the Eiffel Tower, the French leader said: “From now on, I am no longer a party candidate. I am everyone’s president!”
He held Ms. Brigitte’s hands as he greeted a crowd of admiring fans who chanted and waved French flags.
It contrasted ugly scenes elsewhere in the capital as police officers responded to a series of ugly scenes.
As midnight struck, police reportedly opened fire on a vehicle attempting to run them over as two deaths were confirmed.
It is believed that the driver of the vehicle and a passenger who was in the passenger seat were those who died.
Police shot the car as it refused to stop at a police checkpoint near Pont Neuf in the city’s capital.
Police officers told AFP the car ran into traffic and headed toward the officers.
A witness told Le Figaro newspaper: “A car was parked the wrong way along Vert Galant square on the Pont Neuf.
“The police approached to check those present in the vehicle, pointing automatic weapons at him.
“The driver sped towards the police at full speed. The police fired immediately.”
Police cordoned off the area and are investigating the incident. Reasons for the attack are not known.
Pictures from the scene show broken glass on the ground surrounding a dark tailgate and a body covered in a white sheet on the road nearby as tragedy marred France’s day in the spotlight.
It came when a mad knifeman reportedly stabbed two people in a church on Election Day yesterday: “We must kill Macron”.
A priest named Father Christophe was stabbed 20 times and an elderly nun was stabbed in the hand trying to protect him from the frenzied attack on the Saint-Pierre-d’Arène church in Nice.
A 31-year-old Frenchman, born in Fréjus, is accused of approaching Father Christophe and triggering the brutal attack at 10am (local time) on Sunday morning.
The priest was reportedly injured in the chest and legs and is in critical condition.
A 72-year-old woman, believed to be a nun, suffered stab wounds to her hands.
According to local reports and official sources, the man is said to be suffering from bipolar disorder. There is no suspicion of a terrorist motive.
In another incident, French police also blocked access to a polling station in Paris’ 8th arrondissement after discovering a potentially dangerous package.
The violent scenes reflected a politically sobering day for France, which saw its lowest turnout in more than 40 years, with abstention reaching 28 percent, its highest level since 1969.
Election experts had predicted a close race for the presidency after Le Pen’s party won 47.5 percent in the first round on April 10.
But it was not to be after she collapsed to a second consecutive stab loss as she vowed to continue the fight ahead of the upcoming general election in June.
“I will never let the French down,” she told supporters, who chanted “Marine! Marine!’
Macron acknowledged Le Pen had increased her share of the vote since 2017, when he beat her by 66 percent.
But he will now stay until 2027, but the French president can only serve two terms and is likely to retire before his 50th birthday.
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