Trump expresses support for French candidate Le Pen

Parisians pass in front of overlapping campaign posters of the 2017 French presidential elections candidates | Etienne Laurent  EPA

Parisians pass in front of overlapping campaign posters of the 2017 French presidential elections candidates | Etienne Laurent EPA

But even though it seemed that Trump may have been offering an implicit boost for Le Pen with the tweet, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said the president doesn't have a preferred candidate.

Speaking with the AP, Trump clarified that he thought the attack would "probably help" Le Pen, specifically.

"Whoever is the toughest on radical Islamic terrorism, and whoever is the toughest at the borders, will do well in the election", he said. Parliament voted in December to extend the extraordinary provisions to ensure the protection of upcoming presidential and general elections.

Trump backed Britain's decision to exit from the European Union and has also predicted that other countries would make similar decisions. "I'm no different than you".

Almost 47 million French voters go to the polls on Sunday in the first round of the country's presidential election.

If Le Pen wins the election, experts predict this will put pressure on the euro as one of her policies is to leave the European currency.

At a televised news conference, Le Pen, 48, demanded the closure of all "Islamist" mosques in France, the expulsion of hate preachers and the reinstatement of French borders.

Several other presidential candidates made public statements in response to theChamps Elysees shooting.

Le Pen and independent centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron are the two leading candidates, with center-right candidate Francios Fillon and far-left candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon also in contention.

Macron, who from 2014 to 2016 was economy minister in the Socialist government she has criticised repeatedly for its security record, said the solutions were not as simple as she suggested.

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Trump says the latest Islamic State group attack in Paris will have a "big effect" on France's upcoming presidential election. Mnuchin said the executive actions are designed "to make clear what the president's and the administration's priorities are".

A victory for Macron would be a vote of confidence in France staying in the EU.

French women were only afforded the right to vote and serve in public office in 1944, decades after women in Britain (1918), Germany (1918), and the United States (1920).

Later on Friday, Trump signed a new executive order aimed at financial services which is expected to take another step towards rolling back Obama-era regulations on the sector.

But the polls also showed the future of France was largely in the hands of the one out of three voters who were undecided - as a deadly attack on the Champs-Elysees avenue clouded the last days of campaigning. ISIS has since claimed responsibility for the attack.

Police patrol at the Trocadero near the Eiffel Tower after the attack in Paris.

Macron said he would hire an additional 10,000 police officers in the next five years and that he would create a task force under the French Presidency to fight ISIS. The other two major candidates have roughly 20% each.

The U.S. stock market has proved to be quite resilient in the face of multiple, often simultaneous geopolitical threats and the next big event-France's presidential election-is likely to have a short-lived impact, according to analysts.

Socialist Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve stepped into the campaign, accusing both Le Pen and Fillon of exploiting the Paris shooting.

France has been under an extended state of emergency since the 2015 attacks in Paris, which left 130 people dead.

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