French killer was detained for threat to police

  • French killer was detained for threat to police

French killer was detained for threat to police

Ms Le Pen, Mr Fillon and independent centrist Emmanuel Macron all cancelled their final campaign events as a mark of respect for the policeman killed on Thursday.

But these are so close that gaps between candidates in the first round fall within the margin of error.

"If it's a runoff between two right-wing candidates; it will be quite interesting", Lightfoot told ABC News.

This entire attack was a case of blatant criminal negligence.

A political row has broken out this afternoon, after the French prime minister accused far-right candidate Marine Le Pen of using the tragedy to garner support for her policies.

The election will decide the direction of France's 2.2 trillion euro economy, which vies with Britain for the rank of fifth largest in the world.

U.S. president Donald Trump, speaking at a press conference in Washington, said the incident "looks like another terrorist attack" and sent his condolences to France.

Meanwhile, the French government has pulled out all the stops to protect Sunday's vote as the attack deepened France's political divide.

A victory for Macron would be a vote of confidence in France staying in the EU.

All the candidates are seeking to woo the huge number of undecideds - some 31 percent of those likely to vote, according to an Ipsos poll on Friday.

The Islamic State group quickly claimed responsibility for the attack.

One policeman was killed, and another severely injured in a shooting incident near the Champs Elysees shopping street in Paris.

The following November, IS gunmen and suicide bombers killed 130 people in Paris, and a Tunisian man rammed a truck through crowds in Nice last July, killing 86 people. There have also been attacks on a satirical weekly and a kosher store.

"The French are unfortunately getting used to terror attacks on home soil and I don't think this latest one created the shock and awe that might have made a significant difference", he said. It recalled recent attacks on French soldiers providing security at prominent locations around Paris: at the Louvre museum in February and at Paris' Orly airport last month.

One of the key questions was whether, and how, the attack that killed one police officer and wounded three other people might impact voting intentions.

Paris Prosecutor François Molins on Friday said Cheurfi had shown no signs of "radicalization".

"Nothing must hamper this democratic moment, essential for our country", Cazeneuve said after a high-level meeting Friday that reviewed the government's security plans. "Do not give in to fear, do not give in to division, do not give in to intimidation", he said.

Le Pen, who has spoken in increasingly inflammatory terms during her campaign, said the police targeted in the attack "have paid the price of the fight against radical Islamism, this monstrous, totalitarian ideology that has declared war on our nation, on reason and civilization".

Macron was quick to respond.

"In times such as these we have to demonstrate that France is united", he said. And he added that to promise a "zero risk" scenario "is both irresponsible and deceitful".

The attack comes three days before the first round of France's tense presidential election. "But people were calm", said Lebanese tourist Zeina Bitar, 45, who was shopping with her children nearby.

Bloodshed had always been feared ahead of Sunday's first round after a string of militant atrocities since 2015, and the shooting on the Champs-Elysees forced security to the top of the agenda in the campaign.

A Harris Interactive poll on Thursday showed Macron and Le Pen still in front, with the gap a bit wider than before. But Trump suggested his opinion was no different from an average observer, saying, "Everybody is making predictions on who is going to win".