France's Fillon cancels Friday election campaign event after Paris shooting

Police officer shot dead in central Paris

(AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani). A hologram of French Left party leader and candidate for the 2017 French presidential election Jean-Luc Melenchon speaks to supporters who gathered in Grenoble, southeastern France, Tuesday, April 18, 2017.

Jones noted yesterday's terror attack in Paris and said Le Pen is the only one responding, proposing that suspected terrorists be expelled from the country.

Emmanuel Macron, centrist candidate and one of the frontrunners, reacted in the same manner, saying that he will continue "to contact, to move" in spite of the threat. With polls finely balanced, the politicians then went silent, leaving voters with their final words.

The Euro has found support as the two main-stream candidates in the race are seen shoring up their support but the election outcome is subject to a great deal of uncertainty due to a surprise recovery in the polls by the far-left candidate Jean-Luc Melenchon and Francois Fillon. However, pollsters still give the edge to Macron in the runoff vote. "If it did, it would mostly benefit Fillon who's the most audible on security and defense issues and is seen as the most reassuring candidate on these topics. For Le Pen it will reassure her base, but this may not help her gain any new voters".

Thursday's attack, which was claimed by Islamic State, was carried out by a man who got out of a auto that pulled up next to a police van on the Champs Elysees and opened fired on officers inside and outside the vehicle.

"With me, there would not have been a Mohammed Merah", Le Pen said during a recent meeting, referring to the gunman who shot seven people in Toulouse in 2012. The shooting took place while the candidates were appearing on a television interview show.

Another poll, conducted by BVA, showed Macron taking 24% of the vote in the first round, one point more than Le Pen, with Fillon and Melenchon tied on 19%.

If none of the candidates gets more than 50% of the votes in the first round, the two winners will enter the second round of the vote will be held on May 7.

So how likely is this apocalyptic Le Pen-Melenchon run-off in May? Waverers still represent 31 percent of the voters, Ipsos said in a Friday poll. "Marine Le Pen isn't getting many of them".

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Surveys show Le Pen would eventually lose to any rival in the run-off. A late surge in support for Melenchon has pushed French bond yields close to a four-year high.

Tf1 guests normally appear beside an European Union flag tethered to a French tricolour but, unlike rival candidate Emmanuel Macron, Ms. Le Pen insisted that only the French flag should feature alongside her.

Her speech provoke a spontaneous outburst of the national anthem from her crowd of supporters. "She seeks to shamelessly exploit, without fear or emotion, exclusively for party-political ends".

"I have a strong faith and I am fortunate in that I have never doubted it", said Le Pen.

Will Marine Le Pen 2017 be like the Lionel Jospin of 2002, who was eliminated in the general election after neglecting his campaign in the first round?

French Socialist presidential candidate Benoit Hamon attends a last-ditch rally and concert in Paris, Wednesday, April 19, 2017.

"A lot of people are put off by this", said Schön-Quinlivan.

That's a strong warning, given that almost one-fourth of the French electorate still hasn't decided who to vote for on Sunday. He warned against "giving in to exaggeration".

"The presidential costume is a bit big for him", said Paul Rousselier, a Paris banker who plans to vote for the 39-year-old anyway. "I'm ready, I'll be relentless in protecting you".

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