Obama's call hints at support for Macron in French election

Communist-backed Jean-Luc Melenchon said he would not cede to "panic" and would continue with his plans for the day.

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Based on current polling, Le Pen is expected to face Center-Right candidate Emmanuel Macron in a runoff in May.

But even leaving out the potential impact on voter sentiment of the latest deadly attack in a series that has hit France in the past two years, neither was totally assured a spot in the May 7 runoff round.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel expressed her condolences to Hollande and said her sympathy "goes out to the victims and their families", according to her spokesman Steffen Seibert.

Le Pen, speaking at her campaign headquarters, urged the outgoing Socialist government to immediately re-establish border controls.

US President Donald Trump, meanwhile, weighed in via Twitter by saying the attack "will have a big effect" on voting.

Investigators searched a home early Friday in an eastern suburb of Paris believed linked to the attack.

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But it is important to point out that voter disillusionment is so high in France that as many as a third of people may not vote.

The United Kingdom's decision to leave the European Union and the victory of Donald Trump in the USA presidential election in 2016 were seen as big victories for the anti-establishment and anti-globalist movement. The Islamic State group's claim of responsibility just a few hours after the attack came unusually swiftly for the extremist group, which has been losing territory in Iraq and Syria. Their impromptu reactions highlighted the stark differences between them. AFP reported on Friday that a note backing ISIS (also known as Daesh and the Islamic State) was discovered at the scene, adding weight to evidence that the attack was terror-related.

"Today fundamentalist Islam is waging war and... the measures are not being taken to limit the risks", she said on RFI radio. Fillon wanted greater cooperation with Russian Federation and Iran. "Do not give in to fear, do not give in to division, do not give in to intimidation", he said. He also called for the creation of 10,000 more police posts.

An attacker shot dead one policeman and injured two others in one of the most famous streets in the world, the Champs Elysees. With eurospectics Le Pen and Melenchon in the race, the outcome could have a bearing on France's place in Europe.

Macron warned against "giving in to exaggeration", and said he was ready to deal with the terrorist menace with a "clear vision and precise objectives".

Emerging from an emergency meeting of security officials, Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve announced a full mobilization of security forces, including elite units, to back up 50,000 police already earmarked to ensure citizens' safety during the election.

If elected president, Le Pen has promised several reforms in her first two months in office including deporting foreigners who are being monitored by intelligence services, denying free health care to illegal immigrants and revoking French nationality to those convicted of having ties to jihadism.

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