Several hundred angry protesters have booed President Nicolas Sarkozy, forcing him to take refuge in a cafe protected by riot police as he campaigned in France’s south-west Basque country.
Riot police surrounded the Bar du Palais where Sarkozy took refuge today from the protesters who booed him throughout his visit to Bayonne.
Sarkozy claimed the protesters were organised by the rival Socialist Party.
Inside the cafe, Sarkozy denounced “the violence of a minority and their unacceptable behaviour”.
The conservative Sarkozy trails Socialist candidate Francois Hollande, the front-runner in the two pronged April and May presidential election.
Sarkozy declared his candidacy on February 15.