A thousand people – 1,700 according to the organizers, 750 according to the prefecture – marched Sunday in Villeurbanne, near Lyon, at the call of various left organizations against the rise of the extreme right, noted a journalist from the AFP. “Against far-right violence, let’s shut down the fascist premises», Was it written on the banner at the head of the procession.
On Saturday, more than 37,000 people, according to the authorities, had demonstrated across the country in 119 parades called “Freedom marches“. They were notably 9000 in Paris.
«The peculiarity of Lyon is that the radical right is very established there (…). It is an ideological laboratory of the far right», Denounced the head of the PCF section of Villeurbanne and candidate on the communist list in the regional elections, Benoît Roux.
«The political calendar is led by the extreme right and the other parties are chasing after and today on the regional, it is obvious“, he added.
The demonstration ended around 6.30 p.m., without incident, according to the prefecture, which specified that a person had been arrested on the sidelines of the parade for tags.