3.14pm EDT 15:14 Police have fired tear gas on the Place de la Bastille in eastern Paris as crowds of young people, some from anarchist and anti-fascist groups, gathered to protest at Marine Le Pen’s second-place finish and her hardline, anti-immigrant policies.
This defeat is mine, I accept the responsibility, it is mine and mine alone to bear.
1.51pm EDT 13:51 Marine Le Pen is in her fiefdom of Hénin-Beaumont, Jean-Luc Mélenchon is in a bar in the 10th arrondissement of Paris, François Fillon in his campaign HQ in the 15th arrondissement, and Socialist Benoît Hamon at La Mutualité conference centre.
He is the last serious candidate that seems to actually be from the left.” Clément, 30, Lyon, writer: “Mélenchon brought some ‘joie de vivre’ out of us.
France is not the country I was born in.” 1.31pm EDT 13:31 Unlike the exit polls operated in many countries, in which people are asked how they voted, the initial vote estimate in French elections – in use and steadily perfected since 1965 – is based on an actual vote count.