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.