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>> The gunman attack in Paris that was claimed by Islamic state comes just three days before France holds one of the most closely watched presidential elections in modern times. It's a race where questions of identity and immigration have been in focus. And news of the attack reached the candidates in the middle of a televised debate.
> Feelings of sadness of course for the law enforcement officers who once more paying a heavy price in the fight against Islamic fundamentalism and dull anger.
After Sunday's first round, any two of the top four contenders are expected to face each other in a runoff. One of them, conservative François Fillon, said campaigning should be suspended early in light of the attack. It was rebuffed by the far left candidate, Jon Luc Melanson, who said the violence shouldn't disrupt the democratic process.
But the country's champion of the far right, Marine Le Pen who's anti migration national front party platform son closing the EU's border. Said her rivals were ignoring the bottom line.>>
Because I feel that not everything is being done. I'm saying it simply and clearly to protect our patriots.>> It's a close race with the most likely scenario coming down to Le Pen versus Macron in the run off. For months, Macron has been expecting the ultimately win that battle.
A poll conducted just before the attack predicting a victory with 65% of the vote.