Published: Fri, April 21, 2017
Business | By Max Garcia

Obama's call hints at support for Macron in French election

Obama's call hints at support for Macron in French election

Security in Paris has been building in recent days, but the presence of 50,000 police officers on the streets weren't enough to prevent the latest assault, which a source tells CNN is being treated as an act of terror.

The murder of a policeman on the Champs-Elysees has forced an early end to campaigning for the leading candidates in France's presidential election as they head into Sunday's first-round of voting with the race wide open.

U.S. Treasury yields rose as investors waited on the results from the French election, after the 10-year yield earlier failed to break below key technical resistance at 2.19 per cent.

The claim was reported near the bottom of a New York Times write up on the attack, with the paper of record suggesting the response was evidence of Macron "stepp [ing] back from the moment". Although polls indicate she would lose to any of the other top candidates in the second round, it's not inconceivable that Le Pen may pull off an upset ― especially if she faces off against Fillon or Melenchon.

Following the shooting, Le Pen said she didn't want the French people to become accustomed to Islamist terrorism.

Should Macron rank first or second in Sunday's poll, he is seen easily winning the run-off vote on May 7 after remaining candidates are eliminated.

L'indécision des électeurs renforce l'incertitude, alors que quatre candidats (Le Pen, Macron, Mélenchon, Fillon) sont au coude-à-coude pour le premier tour du 23 avril.

Two French officials also told Associated Press that the attacker was detained in February for allegedly threatening police.

If elected president, Le Pen has promised several reforms in her first two months in office including deporting foreigners who are being monitored by intelligence services, denying free health care to illegal immigrants and revoking French nationality to those convicted of having ties to jihadism. Macron's campaign has alleged that Kremlin-funded media outlets have been attempting to interfere in the election by publishing defamatory articles against him, as well as inaccurate polls claiming that Fillon is in the lead. The gunman was killed by police as he attempted to escape; ISIS's message said he was from Belgium.

Speaking after a meeting Friday morning of the government's security council, Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said: "Barbarity and cowardice struck Paris last night, as they also recently struck elsewhere in Europe - in Berlin, Stockholm, in London".

But with both Le Pen and Mélenchon positioned to reach the runoff and find themselves in the second round of voting, it seems the French aren't listening to voices like Steinmeier's. "Don't yield to fear, don't yield to division and intimidation".

Frontrunner Marcon, appearing alongside Le Pen on the interview show said Thursday that "the first responsibility of the president is to protect".

Quoting President Donald Trump, Pence said "we have to be strong, and we have to be vigilant".

Besides presidential, TRS is also used in France's legislative and departmental elections.

"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.

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