Belgium had sought suspect in foiled French election attack

Posted April 20, 2017

Marine Le Pen, French National Front (FN) political party leader and candidate for French 2017 presidential election, attends a campaign rally in Paris, France, April 17, 2017.

The Paris prosecutor said on Tuesday that a video linked to the two Frenchmen and intercepted in early April had featured a machine gun placed on a table as well as a newspaper which had one of the presidential candidates on the front page.

The 26-year-old says, "We saw Trump, we saw Brexit.so I'm mistrustful". Although Macron and Le Pen are still expected to win the first round vote, a third of the electorate also told the pollsters that they could still change their minds.

Another poll, conducted by BVA, showed Macron taking 24 percent of the vote in the first round, one point more than Le Pen, with Fillon and Melenchon tied on 19 percent.

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.

Independent centrist Macron met Wednesday with the head of leading French Muslim group CFCM, Anouar Kbibech, just ahead of Sunday's presidential election first round.

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Candidates on the right have been especially vocal, seeking to appeal to voters traumatized by Islamic State group-inspired attacks that have killed at least 235 people in France since January 2015, by far the largest casualty rate of any Western country. Hamon is polling a distant fifth place ahead of Sunday's first-round election and has little chance of reaching the decisive May 7 runoff - a failure that could crush his party. Some Muslims feel unfairly targeted by French laws banning headscarves in schools and full-face veils in public.

In the Marseille apartment of the two men arrested yesterday, police found an automatic rifle, two handguns, ammunition and three kilogrammes of explosives, French authorities said.

She assailed recent governments for failing to stop extremist attacks in recent years and warned on BFM television that "we are all targets".

Le Pen also defended her decision to force national French news network TF1 to take down the European flag during an interview Tuesday night.

"I consider that the European Union has undermined France's sovereignty, infringes our economy and prevent us from protecting ourselves", Le Pen said in the air of the BFMTV broadcaster, adding that she would be able "to do many things" with France's annual contribution of $9.6 billion to the EU budget.