Marine Le Pen: 'Hate preachers must be expelled, mosques must be closed'

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Ottawa added its voice to the growing chorus of worldwide condemnation of the latest terrorist attack that killed a police officer and seriously wounded two others as well as a German tourist in the heart of the French capital Thursday evening.

Le Pen was the only candidate for French presidency to back Trump for United States president. The Socialist and previous centre-right administrations had "done everything to ensure that we lose" the fight, she said.

But JM Berger, a fellow with the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism and the co-author of "ISIS: The State of Terror", said Trump's predictions about the attack swaying the results of France's election in Le Pen's favor "sounds more like wishful thinking to me".

The attack happened just three short days before the first round of the French presidential election and will most likely have an effect on it, according to Simchayoff.

He said there have been 22 attacks in France since January 2015, yet French leaders have not moved away from the country's "open border" policies.

During the same interview, Trump also said that people who were taken to America illegally as children could "rest easy" about his immigration policies.

It is unclear what impact the attack will have on the first round of already very unpredictable presidential elections on Sunday.

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Cheurfi, a French national who lived in the eastern Paris suburb of Chelles, had been convicted for previous armed assaults on law enforcement officers going back 16 years, the sources said, and was well known to authorities.

"Nothing must hamper this democratic moment, which is fundamental for our nation", Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said after an emergency security cabinet meeting on April 21.

The gunman, who was shot dead by police, had a long criminal record, a source close to the investigation told CNN. Macron posted video of the phone call on social media and it was widely shared.

Current polls put Le Pen closely behind center-right candidate Emmanuel Macron.

Conservative Francois Fillon, a former prime minister, and the far left's Jean-Luc Melenchon were snapping at their heels with 20 and 19.5 percent respectively.

Far-left candidate Philippe Poutou blamed French politics for the deadly attack on the French capital's famous boulevard. All eyes will be on the French people as they make a huge decision following political upheaval in 2016 in the US with Trump and in the United Kingdom with its voters' decision to leave the European Union. After terror attacks in and around Paris on November 13, 2015, that killed 130 people, Le Pen's National Front party had its strongest ever showing in regional elections.

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