Paris attack could influence undecided voters in presidential election

"I want to be the president of the French Republic, I don't want to be European Commission president", she said.

"This recasts the final hours of the campaign, puts law and order and fighting terrorism, immigration and national identity at the heart".

Until now, Le Pen had struggled to get the campaign to focus on her party's trademark tough security and immigration stance.

With regards to the specific factors at play in the French first round, the market's expectation is for centrist Emmanuel Macron and far-right Marine Le Pen to sail through into the deciding face-off to take place on May 7.

French Socialist presidential candidate Benoit Hamon, left, poses for a selfie with supporters during a last-ditch rally and concert in Paris, Wednesday, April 19, 2017. She immediately responded by saying security in the country was failing its citizens. As far as repealing marriage equality, "just the fact she thinks it's OK to say it makes her very unsafe", he said.

Three of the four front-runners - far-right leader Marine Le Pen, her centrist rival Emmanuel Macron, and scandal-hit conservative Francois Fillon - all called off campaign events for Friday, the last scheduled ahead of the midnight deadline for electioneering before Sunday's vote.

A police officer was killed and two others were seriously injured after a gunman opened fire close to the Champs Elysees.

He added that the formation of the next government will depend on who's elected.

In 2016, authorities were monitoring 15,000 people who they believed were in the process of radicalization. But Reuters also cited three police sources who say it may have been an attempted armed robbery, and a French Interior Ministry spokesman said it was too early to identify a motive.

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The dead officer was 30, Paris Prosecutor Francois Molins said.

Frontrunner Marcon, appearing alongside Le Pen on the interview show said Thursday that "the first responsibility of the president is to protect".

Le Pen has said: "We need to expel the foreign imams who preach the hate and fundamentalism of foreign Fiches S".

"As we see a steady stream of earnings, on balance the season has been better and that's helping the market today", said Art Hogan, chief market strategist at Wunderlich Securities in NY.

Francis Kalifat, the president of the CRIF umbrella group of French Jewish communities, added his voice to the many condemnations of the attack.

"We now have elections coming up on 8 June in the United Kingdom and in September in Germany".

Voters are set to head to the polls on Sunday in the first round of a two part election, and campaigning by the 11 candidates in the running was due to be wrapped up on Friday.

There are only two days to go towards the French elections and tensions are rising, especially after the Paris shooting.

An assault on a soldier in February at the Paris Louvre museum by a man wielding a machete also had no obvious impact on this year's opinion polls, which have consistently said that voters see unemployment and trustworthiness of politicians as bigger issues.

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