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Trump Predicts Deadly Paris Shooting Will Have 'Big Effect' On French Election

22 April 2017

Here's how The Post opened its "Deadly Paris shooting could influence voters on eve of key French election", on Friday: "A deadly shootout on the Champs Elysees, Paris's most famous avenue, darkened the final day of campaigning in France's pivotal presidential election on Friday, stoking fears of terrorist violence and causing candidates to suspend last-minute pitches before the Sunday vote".

The big risk for currency markets is Le Pen's opposition to the euro and France's European Union membership but even if she makes it into the run-off as expected, the odds of her beating Macron or conservative Francois Fillon are rated as low.

The 11 men and women hoping to be France's next president are appearing on national television seeking to sway voters in the nail-biting, unpredictable election campaign.

"As far as leader of the National Front Marine Le Pen's recent visit to Moscow goes, for her it was just another opportunity to emphasize that her policies would be based on common sense", the expert noted.

Marine Le Pen, the far-right National Front candidate, has been explicit in her message: that the political establishment has not done enough to counter Islamist extremism.

While the dynamics of French politics are decidedly from those in the US, Mr Trump may recall that another incident in Paris - the November 2015 mass shooting at the Bataclan theatre - helped solidify his lead in the polls leading into the Republican presidential primaries.

"Not everything has been done to protect our citizens".

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"New restrictive regulations on immigration, asylum or citizenship must be taken", she said.

Fillon, Le Pen and Macron cancelled their planned campaign events after the shooting.

A terror suspect gunned down a police officer and wounded two others on Paris's Champs Elysees.

French police say thieves stole a computer and a police armband from a auto used by aides to presidential candidate Francois Fillon.

Earlier this week French authorities arrested two men in Marseille who were allegedly planning an attack in a run-up to the election.

"If he was indeed he was a Fiche S.it's going to bring out some cries from they public and some politicians as well, about why, if he was under surveillance, and if the police knew about this person, why he could possibly have pulled this off tonight with a semiautomatic weapon while he was free", CNN's Paris bureau chief Jim Bitterman said.

Le Pen is not the only candidate who had campaigned on security against terrorism.

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"We are in a war that will last: The enemy is powerful, its networks are deep, its accomplices live among us", Fillon said.

"Whether this could tip the election is to be seen", Bell said.

It's by no means clear what effect the attack will have on the first round of the French elections, which takes place on Sunday.

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

While he was still seen winning the first round with 24.5 per cent, his score slipped half a percentage point while Le Pen's rose by one to 23 per cent.

First, almost 1/3 of the French electorate is undecided - even just days before the election. "I hear Madame Le Pen... anyone who says that they can make it otherwise is both irresponsible and a liar", he said on RTL Radio.

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Trump Predicts Deadly Paris Shooting Will Have 'Big Effect' On French Election