Hinting At Support, Obama Calls Centrist French Presidential Candidate Macron

PARIS (AP) - Far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen vowed on Wednesday to end the fear of terrorism in France and stamp out the "poison" of Islamic radicals, holding her final rally in the southern port city of Marseille, where police arrested two men a day earlier on suspicion of plotting an attack around this weekend's vote.

The first round of the French presidential election is scheduled for this Sunday, while the run-off is set for May 7.

The new hardline tack has gained approval from her fans, with many at the Marseille rally chanting "la France aux francais" (France for the French), an old slogan associated with the xenophobia and anti-Semitism that infected the Front National when it was led by Mr Le Pen.

Mélenchon is one of four candidates with a legitimate shot at the presidency.

As of Tuesday, Mr Macron was running at 23 per cent and Ms Le Pen at 22.3 per cent, according to the Bloomberg composite of French polling.

The independent candidate is expected to beat the National Front leader 67 percent to 33 percent.

In a statement, Macron insisted on the importance of respecting France's secular traditions but said they shouldn't be used to target Muslims. But the race to succeed the deeply unpopular socialist President Francois Hollande has tightened in recent weeks.

While prosecutors haven't identified the potential targets, Le Pen said on BFM television that "we are all targets". Some Muslims feel unfairly targeted by French laws banning headscarves in schools and full-face veils in public.

Opponents of Le Pen and her anti-immigration National Front party also skirmished with police outside a Paris rally this week. "Well, France is not for sale, the French people are not for sale", she said.

Recommended News

  • Philip Morris misses 1Q forecasts, volume continues decline

    For the quarter ending in March, Philip Morris International earned 98 cents per share on $6.06 billion worth of revenue. Has $153.935 Million Stake in Philip Morris International Inc . (NYSE:PM) saw some unusual options trading on Thursday.
    Over 21000 expected at Trump's first Easter Egg Roll

    Over 21000 expected at Trump's first Easter Egg Roll

    The President seemed to have forgotten to raise his hand to his heart immediately like Melania Trump and Barron Trump did. On behalf of the president and Barron , we wish you great fun and attractive days coming ahead of us, and happy Easter.
    Trump spokesman Sean Spicer says he 'screwed up' with Hitler comments

    Trump spokesman Sean Spicer says he 'screwed up' with Hitler comments

    A spokesman for German Chancellor Angela Merkel said comparing Nazi war crimes to present-day situations "leads to nothing good". The attack in northern Syria left almost 90 people dead, and Turkey's health minister said tests show sarin gas was used.
  • Scherzer pitches 7 scoreless innings, Nats beat Braves 3-1

    Scherzer pitches 7 scoreless innings, Nats beat Braves 3-1

    The 4-0 start at SunTrust was the best home start for the Braves since a 5-0 start in 1997 in the first season at Turner Field. But Washington has dominated its division rival over the last two-plus season, improving to 37-13 over their last 50 meetings.
    France says to provide proof on Syria government chemical weapons use

    France says to provide proof on Syria government chemical weapons use

    Thus, the criticism that Assad continues to launch air strikes, from the base we hit or from elsewhere, misses the point. The findings supported earlier testing by Turkish and British laboratories.

    Ontario brings in foreign housing tax to cool Toronto market

    Sousa, for his part, said he is not anxious that capping rent increases will discourage developers from building new housing. The government is also planning on extending rent control to all private rental units, including those built after 1991.
  • Tillerson Accuses Iran of Alarming Provocations, Says Deal Doesn't Meet Objectives

    Tillerson Accuses Iran of Alarming Provocations, Says Deal Doesn't Meet Objectives

    He noted that it was necessary for Tillerson to separate the notions of terrorism and nuclear deal, which have nothing in common. North Korea said it may test missiles on a weekly basis, and warned of "all-out war" if the United States takes military action.

    Mass. legal principle could overturn murder conviction after Hernandez death

    The former New England Patriots tight end was already serving a sentence of life without parole for another murder in 2013. Hernandez was found hanging from a bedsheet in his prison cell at about 3 a.m. on Wednesday, according to officials.
    National Football League  to release 2017 schedule on Thursday

    National Football League to release 2017 schedule on Thursday

    The preseason opponents and schedules have already been set for the Seahawks, but the exact dates have yet to be determined. One waiting game is about to end, and with it, Vikings fans will be provided with details on all 16 regular-season games.
  • BP well in Alaska leaking gas after unknown incident

    BP well in Alaska leaking gas after unknown incident

    Alyeska Pipeline Service Co.is a joint partnership between North Slope's producers Exxon Mobil Corp., BP Plc, and ConocoPhillips. Alaskan and federal officials had identified two leaks spewing methane gas which is linked to climate change.
    UEFA gives suspended bans to Lyon and Besiktas

    UEFA gives suspended bans to Lyon and Besiktas

    UEFA announce that Lyon and Besiktas will be banned from European competitions if last week's violent scenes are repeated. Dusan Tosic saw his spot-kick parried by Anthony Lopes, but Jallet ballooned the decisive effort over the bar.

    Aaron Hernandez found dead in prison with Bible verse written across forehead

    Thompson, revealed that he intends to file all the appropriate paperwork once Aaron's death certificate is available. According to Baez, the Hernandez family expected to receive the brain Thursday morning so they could give it to BU.

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.