French candidates boost security ahead of tense vote

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But at the moment, the French election looks like a pretty tight four-way race between Le Pen, a centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron, far-left independent candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon, and once-presumed favorite, center-right candidate Fançois Fillon. The two-round presidential election is set for April 23 and May 7.

Until recently, the expectation was that France would not have an electoral shock like Britain did with Brexit and the USA with the election of Mr Donald Trump.

"French voters will head to the polls Sunday to vote for the country's next president".

She has linked the terrorism arrests yesterday to immigration.

Demonstartors march behind a banner as they stage a protest against the far-right Front National (FN) in Marseille on April 19, 2017 in a reszponse to the campaign meeting in the city of the French presidential election candidate for the Front National (FN) party Marine Le Pen.

"This enormous army in the shadows who want us to live in not a fatality", she told the cheering crowd.

While prosecutors haven't identified the potential targets, Le Pen said on BFM television that "we are all targets".

A poll by the BVA firm published Wednesday evening said Macron led with a one-point advantage over Le Pen, with Fillon and Melenchon four points behind.

Valls, defeated by Benoit Hamon in the Socialist primary, has said he will vote for Macron. Some Muslims feel unfairly targeted by French laws banning headscarves in schools and full-face veils in public. It's in France, where many speculate that the future of the European Union will be decided. "A peaceful and democratic uprising to give France back to its people", she said, "a day of glory will arrive".