'Extremist mosques must be closed' - French far-right leader Marine Le Pen

Calls for French election to be suspended

Calls for French election to be suspended

Dauba-Pantanacce described the most expected outcome of Sunday's vote, centrist En Marche! candidate Emmanuel Macron against Le Pen, as "the most reassuring for all market participants". But a late surge in the polls by a far left candidate, Jean-Luc Melenchon, has raised the prospect that she will be joined by a second eurosceptic candidate.

French voters elect a president in a two-round vote on April 23 and May 7.

ISIS claimed that the attacker, whom police killed in a gunfight but have not publicly identified, was "one of the fighters for the Islamic State". Along with one officer shot and killed, two others were wounded.

Emerging from an emergency meeting of security officials, Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve announced a full mobilization of security forces, including elite units, to back up 50,000 police already earmarked to ensure citizens' safety during the election. "It falls to us not to give in to fear and intimidation and manipulation which would play into the hands of the enemy". "Will have a big effect on presidential election!" he tweeted Friday morning.

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.

The slain officer was 30 years old, Paris Prosecutor Francois Molins said.

However, in the year following Britain's decision to leave the European Union and American voters sending Donald Trump to the White House, one candidate has dominated media coverage: the populist, nationalist, far-right Marine Le Pen.

In an interview with the Associated Press, Trump said although he was not offering an endorsement, he thinks Le Pen is "strongest on borders, and she's the strongest on what's been going on in France".

CEO of the Conference of European Rabbis and an adviser to Chief Rabbi of France Haim Korsia - was quoted by nrg as saying, "There is no doubt that last night's attack will influence the election on Sunday".

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"There is no such thing as zero risk", he said on RTL Radio. "Anyone who pretends (otherwise) is both irresponsible and deceitful", he told RTL Radio Friday.

The former child illegal immigrants, known as "dreamers", were given deportation deferrals under former president Barack Obama's Daca (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) executive order but many have anxious that they could be targeted by the current administration's threatened crackdown on immigration. Waverers still represent 31 percent of the voters, Ipsos said in a Friday poll. He was echoing remarks by Le Pen's aide Wallerand de Saint Just.

Fillon, who has been campaigning on a hardline security platform, told reporters: "We are at war, there is no alternative, it's us or them". Melenchon from extreme left slips from 19% to 18%.