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Hundreds march against far-right French presidential hopeful

  • Far-right candidate for the presidential election Marine Le Pen speaks during a campaign meeting in Perpignan, southwestern France, Saturday, April, 15, 2017. The two-round presidential election is set for April 23 and May 7. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)

    Far-right candidate for the presidential election Marine Le Pen speaks during a campaign meeting in Perpignan, southwestern France, Saturday, April, 15, 2017. The two-round presidential election is set for April 23 and May 7. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)  (The Associated Press)

  • Far-right candidate for the presidential election Marine Le Pen speaks during a campaign meeting in Perpignan, southwestern France, Saturday, April, 15, 2017. The two-round presidential election is set for April 23 and May 7. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)

    Far-right candidate for the presidential election Marine Le Pen speaks during a campaign meeting in Perpignan, southwestern France, Saturday, April, 15, 2017. The two-round presidential election is set for April 23 and May 7. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)  (The Associated Press)

  • Protesters against far-right National Front leader and presidential candidate Marine Le Pen hold a banner reading "fascist" during a protest march from suburban Aubervilliers to Paris, Sunday, April 16, 2017. Le Pen is one of the top contenders in France first-round presidential vote on April 23. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

    Protesters against far-right National Front leader and presidential candidate Marine Le Pen hold a banner reading "fascist" during a protest march from suburban Aubervilliers to Paris, Sunday, April 16, 2017. Le Pen is one of the top contenders in France first-round presidential vote on April 23. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)  (The Associated Press)

Hundreds of demonstrators in France have marched to protest far-right National Front leader and presidential candidate Marine Le Pen, saying that basic freedoms would disappear if she were elected.

Some protesters threw firebombs at police who responded with tear gas in small skirmishes during Sunday's march from suburban Aubervilliers to Paris, near where Le Pen holds a rally Monday.

Fernanda Marrucchelli said Le Pen's anti-immigration party "is fighting our essential freedoms, our rights, no matter if we are French or immigrant."

Anti-racism activist Omar Slauti said the fight against Le Pen should be in the streets, not the ballot box, denouncing the "extreme-right populism" that has spread around Europe.

Le Pen is one of the top contenders in France first-round presidential vote on April 23. A presidential runoff is being held May 7.