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French Candidates Talk of 'Frexit,' but Le Divorce Would Be Chaotic

21 April 2017

A woman places a flower to pay tribute to the French policeman slain Thursday evening on the Champs Elysees.

Nearly every past French presidential election has featured a run-off between candidates from the two mainstream parties: the Socialists and the Republicans.

Radical leftist Jean-Luc Melenchon opened with sharp criticism of the EU.

Melenchon, in an interview with BFM TV, pressed his criticism of European Union institutions - a position that has increasingly anxious investors as his support has grown.

For weeks, former banker Macron and Le Pen have been out in front but opinion polls now show there is a chance that any of four leading candidates could reach the election's second-round runoff on May 7. Because we will not erase it overnight, and for the final stretch of this campaign our challenge is, on the one hand, to bring about the response, to shed light on the democratic choice in this context.

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President Donald Trump says that if China wants to solve "the North Korean problem, they will".

The Paris prosecutor's office leading the investigation of the Champs-Elysees gun attack says investigators found a pump-action shotgun and knives in the gunman's vehicle.

The French presidential election campaign of unprecedented twists and turns is saving its biggest surprise for last.

ISIS has claimed credit for the attack. Their impromptu reactions highlighted the stark differences between them. "Just never ends", Trump said. Fillon wanted greater cooperation with Russian Federation and Iran. The gunman was reportedly shot dead by police. Le Pen's 21.5 percent was a fall of 1.5 percentage points.

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

"We can not afford to lose this war". "Some don't seem to have understood the depth of the evil that's attacking us and that I intend to combat with an iron fist".

An emergency meeting of security, defense and intelligence top officials would be held on Friday, he said in a televised statement.

Coming days before France votes in the first round of its presidential election Sunday, the shooting puts national security, terrorism and immigration at the heart of an already divisive campaign. But a late surge in support for Melenchon has altered those calculations.

"Whether this could tip the election is to be seen", Bell said. He proposes "disobeying treaties from the moment we take power" and negotiating new European Union rules - followed by a referendum on whether France should leave the bloc it helped found.

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French Candidates Talk of 'Frexit,' but Le Divorce Would Be Chaotic