French Campaigns Cancelled After Paris Attack

The murder of a policeman on the Champs-Elysees has forced an early end to campaigning for the leading candidates ahead of Sunday’s first round vote in the most uncertain election in recent French history.

Republican candidate Francois Fillon, the National Front’s Marine Le Pen, centrist Emmanuel Macron, and Socialist Benoit Hamon canceled events planned for Friday. Communist-backed Jean-Luc Melenchon said he wouldn’t cede to “panic” and will continue with his plans for the day. No campaigning is allowed on Saturday.

The late Thursday shooting that left one policeman dead and two others injured in the center of Paris was claimed by Islamic State and has added extra uncertainty to the campaign. The attacker was shot and killed. At the time of the incident, all the candidates were appearing on a television interview show.

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Craig Erlam

Craig Erlam

Senior Currency Analyst at OANDA
Based in London, England, Craig Erlam joined OANDA in 2015 as a Market Analyst. With more than five years' experience as a financial market analyst and trader, he focuses on both fundamental and technical analysis while conducting macroeconomic commentary. He has been published by The Financial Times, Reuters, the Wall Street Journal and The Telegraph, and he also appears regularly as a guest commentator on networks including Sky News, Bloomberg, CNBC and BBC. Craig holds a full membership to the Society of Technical Analysts and he is recognized as a Certified Financial Technician by the International Federation of Technical Analysts.