Melenchon's working-class rhetoric hits home in French vote

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ANALYST TAKE: "The most likely scenario still appears to be Macron and Le Pen in the second round, but there are plenty of undecided French voters who could make a difference and the vote looks as uncertain as it ever has", said Joshua Mahony, market analyst at IG.

Just days before France heads to the polls in the first-round of a fiercely contested presidential election, the attack has many pundits speculating as to whether it will give the far-right a final boost ahead of the vote.

Le Pen has no plans to leave behind the attacks upon the immigrant community, declaring that if she becomes a president, she will impose a new security point at the borders. Government officials have repeatedly pointed out that the roughly 20,000 individuals with "S" dossiers are simply people police want to keep an eye on, and it doesn't imply there's any legal grounds or utility in arresting them. The Republican candidate, Francois Fillon, whose campaign has suffered because of his recent indictment on corruption charges, and the communist candidate Jean-Luc Melenchon are each drawing 18-20 percent in the polls.

Macron's relative lack of government experience made some voters hesitant about putting him in charge of France's nuclear arsenal, its permanent seat at the U.N. Security Council, its fight against Islamic extremism and its role as a key player in global crises. But barring a first-round exit or crushing defeat in the second round, Le Pen has already succeeded in mainstreaming a once-fringe party and its radical policies.

He said more than 50,000 police and gendarmes are mobilized to protect Sunday's first-round vote in the two-stage election, with an additional 7,000 soldiers also on patrol.

Should Macron and Le Pen do make it to the second round, the former economy minister was projected to win the runoff - and thus the presidency - with 65 percent against 35 percent for Le Pen, the survey for BFM TV and L'Express magazine showed. Rival François Fillon calls for unity and says France is "at war" against terror.

The men were said to be French nationals who had been radicalised and were believed to have links to IS. He called on the French not to cede to "fear, manipulation, division".

1 cop killed in Paris shooting, Islamic State claims attack
According to French officials, the attacker had already served jail-time in 2000's for attacking police officials with a gun. Police check passersby near the Champs Elysees in Paris after a shooting which left one officer dead and two wounded.

The shooting unfolded on the world-famous Paris site as presidential contenders were mid-way through back-to-back television appearances to sell their campaign programmes.

The attack unfolded on the Champs-Elysees around 9 p.m. local time (3 p.m. ET) when a auto stopped in front of a police van, according to French Interior Ministry spokesman Pierre Henry Brandet. He was also convicted in 2003 of attempted homicide in the shootings of two police officers. He was taken into custody but while being questioned grabbed another officer's gun and shot him three times, the source added.

He had shot and wounded three police officers in 2001, and had also been involved in violent robberies, CNN reported.

Earlier this week French authorities arrested two men in Marseille who were allegedly planning an attack in a run-up to the election.

Quoting President Donald Trump, Pence said "we have to be strong, and we have to be vigilant".

AP published a photo of Cheurfi and said it had obtained a police document showing that his family address, in the eastern Paris suburb of Chelles, was raided on Friday morning. "What can you say?" Fillon said he'd maintain the state of emergency that's been in place since November 2015 when gunmen killed 130 people in attacks around Paris. "Will have a big effect on presidential election!"

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