Pro-Islamic State note found near Paris gunman, source says

New research on French voter attitudes reported in the Financial Times reveals that Le Pen is bolstered by an expanding electorate that reports "a sense of deteriorating wellbeing" after a decade of financial crisis.

President Francois Hollande said he was convinced the circumstances of the attack in a country pointed to a terrorist act.

He appealed for national unity and for people "not to succumb to fear".

An address searched in the town of Chelles has been identifued as belonging to the family home of 39-year-old Karim Cheurfi, who has a criminal record.

The attack unfolded on the famed Champs-Elysees around 9 p.m. local time (3 p.m. ET) when a vehicle stopped in front of a police van, according to French Interior Ministry spokesman Pierre Henry Brandet. Investigators found a pump-action shotgun and knives in his vehicle. Cheurfi's identity was confirmed from his fingerprints. He shot two officers in 2001 after being stopped by a police, according to the source. Its president, Mickael Bucheron, told AP the slain officer would have celebrated his 38th birthday at the beginning of May.

Jugele was among the officers who responded to the gun-and-bomb attack on Paris' Bataclan concert hall on November 13, 2015, among a wave of assaults in the French capital that killed 130 people, he told People.com.

"This concert's to celebrate life".

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for Thursday's attack unusually quickly in a statement that sowed confusion by apparently misidentifying the gunman.

People on the French security services' watch list for radicalization should also be expelled from France and have their French citizenship taken away, she said. The people of France will not take much more of this.

The two top finishers in Sunday's election will advance to a runoff on May 7.

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Hazard's spot-kick was saved by Caballero, but the Belgian recovered quickly to finish off the rebound. According to Conte, the substitution for purely tactical, rather than performance-based.

As of Friday morning local time, leading candidates François Fillon, Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen had all canceled campaign events, with Macron citing the extra burden policing political rallies placed on the security services.

He said: "She seems to be deliberately forgetting everything that has been done over five years to make people forget that she opposed everything, without ever proposing anything serious or credible".

January 7, 2015: Two brothers kill 11 people inside the Paris building where the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo is headquartered in what Islamic State extremists claim is retaliation for the publication of cartoons about the Prophet Muhammad. She has promised to close French borders permanently, to lead France out of the European Union and off the Euro, to rescind all free-trade agreements, and to ban Islamic veils in public. "This must be the priority", he said.

Asked if the assault would impact voting, the centrist Macron said: "No one knows".

Speaking during a televised debate around the time of Thursday's attack, Fillon said there was "no room for pursuing today or tomorrow an electoral campaign because first of all we have to demonstrate our solidarity with the police officers".

He said le Pen was seeking "to exploit fear without any shame".

French Interior Ministry spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet told France's Europe 1 radio Friday that it's too early to tell what role the second suspect played, if any, in the attack. National police spokesman Jerome Bonet, also speaking on BFM television, said "there were thousands of people" on the iconic boulevard in Paris when the gunman opened fire and that the rapid response of officers who shot and killed him avoided a possible "carnage".

The attack on Thursday night on the Champs Elysees boulevard added a new source of unpredictability to a closely contested election that will decide the management of France's 2.2 trillion euro economy, which vies with Britain for the rank of fifth largest in the world.

Yet while Le Pen has many ideas for the future of France, she has few plans for how to implement them, according to Vinocur. It recalled two recent attacks on soldiers providing security at prominent locations around Paris: one at the Louvre museum in February and one at Orly airport last month.

He said more than 50,000 police and gendarmes and 7,000 soldiers would be on duty for Sunday's first-round vote in the two-stage election, and nothing could be allowed to "hamper this democratic moment".

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