Paris Gunman was on police terror radar

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And that's a very, very awful thing that's going on in the world today. And what can you say? "It never ends", the President said.

"I think what we're looking at largely here today is just a waiting game, " said John Canavan, market analyst at Stone and McCarthy Research Associates in Princeton, N.J. Obama is not endorsing before the Sunday round of voting, CNN said in its report.

"Everyone is now saying how right I was with illegal immigration and the wall", he tweeted several days after the attack two years ago. "After Paris, they're all on the bandwagon".

Paris: France said its security forces were fully mobilized for a presidential election at the weekend after the killing of a policeman by an Islamist militant threw a dark shadow over the last day of an unpredictable campaign.

An assault on a soldier in February at the Paris Louvre museum by a man wielding a machete also had no obvious impact on this year's opinion polls, which have consistently said that voters see unemployment and trustworthiness of politicians as bigger issues.

Trump has only commented briefly on the presidential race in an interview with the Financial Times early this month.

Le Pen has also sought to capitalise on the arrests in Marseille, accusing her rivals of turning a blind eye to Islamic terrorism. "Their world is crumbling; ours is being built".

WASHINGTON (AP) - Former President Barack Obama waded into France's closely watched presidential election on Thursday, offering centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron his best wishes - and even a bit of campaign advice.

Paris attack 'will have a big effect on presidential election'
In a statement at his campaign headquarters, Fillon said "the fight for the French people's freedom and security will be mine". The prime minister appealed for national unity and for people "not to succumb to fear". "Democracy is stronger", he said.

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"I want to express all our solidarity and participation in the pain of the families of security personnel who literally place themselves in the line of fire, shielding citizens from perpetrators", he said.

If Mr. Macron emerges the clear victor in the first round, "a relief trade" would likely drive Treasury yields higher but could be short-lived as investors move on to other issues, he added. Thank you very much.

In other words, the French election - from an American perspective, at least - could be setting up a proxy battle between the current and former president and their competing views of economic nationalism versus liberal globalism.

The government previously announced that security around candidates and the election has been stepped up ahead of Sunday's first-round vote.

There are only two days to go towards the French elections and tensions are rising, especially after the Paris shooting.

With voters in a rebellious mood and many still hesitant about their choices, the identities of the two candidates who will progress to a winner-takes-all May 7 runoff remain anyone's guess.

Similar to how Donald Trump's bold rhetoric of building a wall and banning immigration from jihadi-saturated Muslim-majority nations fueled his stunning victory last November, so too could the latest attack propel Le Pen to victory.