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After attack, France looks toward weekend presidential vote

21 Avril 2017

"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.

On the iconic avenue in the heart of Paris, municipal workers in white hygiene suits were out before dawn Friday to wash down the sidewalk where the assault took place - a scene now depressingly familiar after multiple attacks that have killed more than 230 people in France in little over two years.

Macron said Obama wanted to exchange views about the French presidential campaign and that the ex-president had stressed how important the relationship between the two countries was.

The two police officers injured in the attack are out of danger, Interior Ministry spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet said.

The paper also reported that Macron's chief rival for the presidency, National Front leader, Marine Le Pen, would not campaign Friday out of respect for the victims.

While prosecutors haven't identified the potential targets, Le Pen said on BFM television that "we are all targets". Macron is expected to easily lead the populist Le Pen. In a statement, the United Kingdom government said it "strongly condemns the appalling terrorist attack in Paris". "Will have a big effect on presidential election!" he said.

Marine Le Pen French National Front political party leader and a controversial candidate for the French 2017
After attack, France looks toward weekend presidential vote

However previous attacks that have taken place soon before elections, including the November 2015 attacks in Paris ahead of regional polls and the shooting in a Jewish school before the 2012 presidentials, did not appear to change the course of those ballots in favor of those espousing tougher national security.

After an emergency meeting of security officials, Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said security forces, including elite units, were on alert to back up the 50,000 police earmarked to ensure citizens' safety during the election.

"The government is fully mobilized". "It falls to us not to give in to fear and intimidation and manipulation which would play into the hands of the enemy".

"My government of national unity will implement this policy, so that the Republic will live, and that France will live", Le Pen said in an impromptu press conference. "It's a bad thing that's going on in the world today", he told reporters. "There's no such thing as zero risk". Speaking Friday on RTL radio, Macron said: "What our attackers want is death, symbolism, to sow panic (and) to disturb a democratic process, which is the presidential election".

The implosion of the ruling outgoing President Francois Hollande's Socialist Party, has paved the way for his former economy minister, centrist Emmanuel Macron, to surge in the polls without major party backing.

In the second round, Macron loses one point against Le Pen but continues commanding a robust lead of 64% from 65% against 36%. Fillon improves his stand in the second round with 59% against 41% for Le Pen.

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After attack, France looks toward weekend presidential vote