Police fired tear gas to push back black-clad protesters who ransacked business premises during May Day demonstrations against the policies of President Emmanuel Macron.
A large crowd of demonstrators calling themselves Extinction Rebellion demanded slashing of new infrastructure plans linked to fossil fuels and warned about climate change at protests in the capitals of the UK and France.
The sarcophagus, found under a mound of earth with furniture from the 14th century, could be the example of "an extremely rare burial practice".
Incumbent Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen came out on top in the first round of presidential vote, setting up an April 24 replay of their duel in 2017.
The first round of polls is projected to produce a run-off rematch between incumbent Emmanuel Macron and far-right leader Marine Le Pen that could be far tighter than their duel five years ago.
Polling is underway for the first round of the country's presidential election, where up to 48 million eligible voters will be choosing between 12 candidates.
The vote bodes a grim future, not only for Muslims and minorities but also for French society as a whole.
The birthplace of Napoleon Bonaparte has long been seeking greater autonomy, but successive French governments have looked the other way.
The firebrand far-right candidate was provided his platform by a multi-billionaire media mogul – but it had some strings attached.
Malian authorities said columns of armed insurgents on motorbikes had pinned down the army unit, but the troops killed more than 50 militants despite losing eight of their own.
Draft bill includes a clause, stipulating the wearing "of conspicuous religious symbols is prohibited" in events and competitions organised by sports federations.
Far from united in their demands, the protestors and their grievances represent a range across the political spectrum.
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