Macron Maintains Leading Position in 1st Round of French Presidential Election

French presidential election candidate for the En Marche ! movement Emmanuel Macron reacts during his visit at the KRYS group's headquarters in Bazainville near Paris Tuesday

Former President Obama's call to French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron was not meant as an endorsement, an Obama spokesman said Thursday.

Only the top two will advance to the run-off on May 7.

The 26-year-old says, "We saw Trump, we saw Brexit.so I'm mistrustful".

“I want to be President of the French Republic, not of the European Commission, ” she explained in a statement.

She has linked the terrorism arrests yesterday to immigration.

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French Socialist presidential candidate Benoit Hamon is holding a rally and concert in Paris four days before a vote likely to devastate his once-powerful party.

Ahead of his final event in the western city of Nantes, Macron met with the country's RAID intervention force accompanied by Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian. In Marseille. She reiterated her plan to expel all foreigners in a suspect file and strip dual national suspects of their French nationality.

She assailed recent governments for failing to stop attacks and warned on BFM television earlier in the day; "We are all targets - all the French". France's presidential candidates certainly think they do, and more than ever are trying to get their political message across through their wardrobes, from centrist Emmanuel Macron's regular-guy suits to far right leader Marine Le Pen's masculine dark wardrobe and hard-left Jean-Luc Melenchon's communist-inspired jackets. Mr Melenchon has enjoyed a late surge in polls that place him among the top contenders during Sunday's first-round vote.

In a statement, Macron insisted on the importance of respecting France's secular traditions but said they shouldn't be used to target Muslims.

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

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