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Le Pen vows to end immigration if elected President

21 April 2017

Centrist presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron continues to lead in polls today, although the first round of voting in France at the weekend next Sunday remains too close to call.

The men both have criminal records and are suspected of plotting "an imminent, violent act on French soil, though we don't know precisely the day, the target or targets", Molins added.

French Interior Minister Matthias Fekl said the Mahiedine Merabet and Clement Baur, aged 24 and 30, were French nationals and were detained at different addresses in the southern port city. Therefore, the two candidates with the highest share of the vote in round one proceed to a second round of voting.

Macron and far-right leader Marine Le Pen have lost steam in the run-up to Sunday's vote, but are still expected to qualify for the May 7 run-off, with the centrist winning that second round, according to a Cevipof poll of 11,601 people for Le Monde newspaper.

French bonds have come under heavy selling pressure this year as an unpredictable election race unfolded, with strong support for anti-euro far-right candidate Marine Le Pen and the far-left's Jean-Luc Melenchon alarming investors.

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Macron and conservative candidate Francois Fillon have pledged more robust counterterrorism efforts, but remain committed to Europe's open borders.

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Authorities, who had reportedly been looking for the two suspects for more than a week, had privately warned the main presidential candidates that there was a threat, campaign officials said.

French presidential candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon this week appeared onstage at seven rallies at the same time, using satellite-controlled holograms to project his image to crowds across France.

"We have never seen a four-way contest like this in the first round of a presidential election", Frederic Dabi of the Ifop polling institute told AFP.

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Le Pen, who, according to polls conducted in the past week is likely to move onto the second round, has argued that France must quit the euro, and has advocated a referendum on European Union membership, similar to the one that led to Brexit a year ago. The Bloomberg Composite of first-round polls showed Macron nearly two points ahead, on 24.2 percent.

Security forces had been on the trail of the two men since December, Molins said.

"Moreover, the arrival of numerous Armenians to France in 1915 was an important event in our country's history, because they also had a great contribution in the reconstruction of our country after World War I and assimilated perfectly", Le Pen said.

"French people have the feeling of being dispossessed of their identity, of their social security system and their sovereignty", Le Pen told the channel.

"For several weeks, we will need to assess the situation".

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Le Pen vows to end immigration if elected President