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Fears engulf French election after policeman shot in Paris

PARIS: The killing of a policeman on Paris s Champs Elysees claimed by the Islamic State group rocked France s presidential race Friday with just two days to go before one of the closest races in recent memory.

Bloodshed had long been feared ahead of Sunday s first round of voting after a string of jihadist atrocities since 2015, and shooting on the world-renowned boulevard forced security to the top of the agenda in the campaign.

Three of the four frontrunners – far-right leader Marine Le Pen, centrist Emmanuel Macron and conservative Francois Fillon – called off campaign events planned for Friday in the wake of the attack.

Le Pen, widely seen as taking the hardest line on security, called for France to immediately take back control of its own borders from the European Union and deport all foreigners on a terror watchlist.

This war against us is ceaseless and merciless, she said in a sternly worded address, blasting the monstrous totalitarian ideology

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