French presidential hopefuls wrap up campaigns in tight race

PARIS French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron spoke with former USA president Barack Obama on the phone on Thursday, in an apparent sign of support just three days before the first round of an uncertain presidential election.

Francois Fillon, right, former French Prime Minister, member of the Republicans political party and 2017 French presidential election candidate of the French centre-right, is greeted by supporters as he arrives to attend a campaign rally in Lille, France, Tuesday, April 18, 2017. Then - assuming none of those candidates get over 50% of the vote (they won't) - the top two candidates will go on to face each other in phase two; a run-off set for May 7. "We saw (President Donald) Trump, we saw I'm mistrustful", he said.

Independent centrist Macron met Wednesday with the head of leading French Muslim group CFCM, Anouar Kbibech, just ahead of Sunday's presidential election first round.

She has linked the terrorism arrests yesterday to immigration.

He also wants France to quit North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.

Polls done in advance of the first round of voting show Macron and challenger Marine Le Pen, the leader of France's far-right National Front Party, with a slight edge, according to The Washington Post. But the race to succeed the deeply unpopular socialist President Francois Hollande has tightened in recent weeks.

A poll by the BVA firm published Wednesday evening said Macron led with a one-point advantage over Le Pen, with Fillon and Melenchon four points behind.

While prosecutors haven't identified the potential targets, Le Pen said on BFM television that "we are all targets".

Ms Le Pen said she only wanted the French flag behind her in the shot.