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Sarkozy booed and jeered on campaign trail

Nicolas Sarkozy (L), France's President walks in the street protected by plain-clothes policemen Photo: REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer

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Nicolas Sarkozy was confronted by hundreds of protesters jeering and booing him, forcing the French President to take shelter in a bar, as he campaigned ahead of April's election.

Nicolas Sarkozy was booed by the crowd as he left his car Credit: AFP

The bar Mr Sarkozy was sitting in was pelted by eggs and protected by riot police in the south-western town of Bayonne, in Basque country.

Protesters pelt the bar Sarkozy is in with eggs Credit: AFP

The French President said the protesters, who were Basque nationalists and supporters of his election rival Francois Hollande, were "hooligans".

Riot police guard the bar Nicolas Sarkozy is in Credit: AFP

Mr Sarkozy later denounced "the violence of a minority and their unacceptable behaviour" and said he was "saddened to see Hollande's Socialist militants associating with (Basque) separatists".