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Thousands of Students March Against Le Pen

April 26, 2002|From Times Wire Reports

About 100,000 students marched to show their opposition to extreme-right presidential candidate Jean-Marie Le Pen.

At many French universities, Thursday was declared a day without classes so that students could debate the political situation.

Tens of thousands of protesters have filled the streets daily since Sunday's first-round presidential vote, when Le Pen qualified to face conservative President Jacques Chirac in the May 5 runoff.

As the protests swelled, Le Pen complained that he was the victim of a "campaign of hatred and lies."

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