Sirens wailing all this evening and long into the night. The first-round vote results are in. Macron and LePen will face off on May 7th, separated by only one or two points.
Around the Place de la Bastille people coming together to protest ‘the score’ of LePen. Clearly well-informed phalanxes of armoured police and vehicles have massed to prevent any directional movement. All streets are effectively cut off. One gendarme wants to know my business, then strikes up a low conversation with ‘la spectatrice.’ “Not harmless citizens if they arrive with gas masks, are they?” The sense I received was: now it begins.
Morning post-script. The score from the Bastille: broken shop windows, smashed cars, twenty-nine arrests.