French candidates boost security ahead of tense vote

French presidential election candidate for the En Marche ! movement Emmanuel Macron reacts during his visit at the KRYS group's headquarters in Bazainville near Paris Tuesday

French presidential election candidate for the En Marche ! movement Emmanuel Macron reacts during his visit at the KRYS group's headquarters in Bazainville near Paris Tuesday

Voters will cast their ballots on Sunday in the first round of what has transformed into the most unpredictable French election in living memory, with four candidates within reach of the two places in a run-off a fortnight later. The two- round system means a straight face-off between the top two candidates in the run-off. The two-round presidential election is set for April 23 and May 7.

The 26-year-old says, "We saw Trump, we saw Brexit.so I'm mistrustful".

"An endorsement was not the goal of the call, as President Obama is not making any formal endorsement in advance of the run-off election on Sunday", Lewis added, though the clarification did not stop speculation that the call was Obama's way of signaling favor for the candidate.

The Front National leaders commitment to ending Frances membership of the borderless Schengen area, described as “effectively an global passport-free zone for terrorists” by former Interpol chief Robert Noble, sets her on a collision course with the European Commission.

The centrist, Emmanuel Macron, and the far-right candidate, Marine Le Pen, are seen as frontrunners to progress to the second round.

Ahead of his final event in the western city of Nantes, Macron met with the country's RAID intervention force accompanied by Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian.

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

Tf1 guests normally appear beside an European Union flag tethered to a French tricolour but, unlike rival candidate Emmanuel Macron, Ms. Le Pen insisted that only the French flag should feature alongside her.

Le Pen and Macron have jostled for the lead in opinion polls, with conservative candidate Francois Fillon third and far-left candidate Jean-Luc Melenchon fourth. However, Le Pen has lost some ground as Fillon and Melenchon closed the gap.

Valls, defeated by Benoit Hamon in the Socialist primary, has said he will vote for Macron.

"Emmanuel Macron warmly thanked Barack Obama for his friendly call", En Marche! said in its own statement, Reuters reported. Some Muslims feel unfairly targeted by French laws banning headscarves in schools and full-face veils in public. "A peaceful and democratic uprising to give France back to its people", she said, "a day of glory will arrive".

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