Belgium had sought suspect in foiled French election attack

Posted April 20, 2017

And in the past few weeks Jean-Luc Melenchon, a hard-left politician who won 11% of the vote in 2012, has gained popularity with tweaks to his appeal, personally and by hologram. 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 t.

Polls show Macron easily winning such a run-off, which would pit two very different views of France's future and its relationship with Europe against one another.

The 63-year-old has made a modest comeback though, and pollsters see a possible last-minute boost from conservatives who had been put off by the scandal but would eventually balk at putting Macron into the run-off instead of him. Although Macron and Le Pen are still expected to win the first round vote, a third of the electorate also told the pollsters that they could still change their minds. However, this majority seems unlikely to materialise, and thus the two candidates with the highest tally of votes will go head-to-head in a second ballot on May 7; the one with more than 50 percent of this vote will then be elected to the presidency.

Independent centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron reached out to the French Muslim community today, saying it's fighting on a "common front" alongside the state against Islamic extremism.

Mr Macron met with the head of leading French Muslim group CFCM, Anouar Kbibech.

Crowds danced on a Paris plaza as Socialist presidential candidate Benoit Hamon held what was seen as a last-chance rally and concert.

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France's presidential candidates have been blanketing the country with campaign events amid increased security to try to inspire undecided voters just four days before a nail-biting election.

She assailed recent governments for failing to stop extremist attacks in recent years and warned on BFM television that "we are all targets".

However, she thinks the Armenian Genocide Commemoration Day shouldn't be included in the official calendar of France, since such days must relate only to the French collective memory.

However, security and tackling the threat posed by Islamist militants has returned to the fore after the arrest of two men in Marseille on Tuesday suspected of plotting an imminent attack.

"I will carry out this moratorium for the exact goal of implementing this 10,000 figure", she said.