Clashes have erupted in central Paris between police and demonstrators protesting against both candidates who qualified for the second round of the French presidential elections.

Protesters have been throwing smoke grenades at police, who tried to push the crowds backwards down the road, live Ruptly footage from the scene shows.

Fires could be seen burning alongside the road. A policeman was reportedly injured in the clashes.

Tear gas has been deployed by law enforcement to keep the increasingly angry crowd at bay.

Glass bottles and what may have been gas canisters were thrown at the police. 

Police have been blocking routes so the crowds can’t move away from a main road.

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