Saturday, April 22, 2017

France Prepares To Go To The Polls -- News Updates April 22, 2017

AFP: France on edge as presidential vote looms

Paris (AFP) - France was on edge Saturday on the eve of its most unpredictable presidential election in decades, which will take place under heightened security after the jihadist killing of a policeman.

The shooting on Paris's world-renowned Champs Elysees avenue on Thursday, claimed by the Islamic State group, thrust questions of security to the fore of campaigning after nine months of relative calm.

On Saturday, police arrested a man carrying a knife at Paris's Gare du Nord station, briefly causing panic as some passengers rushed out of the way.

France goes to the polls on Sunday in an election seen as crucial for the future of a deeply divided country and the beleaguered European Union.

Surveys suggest that nearly a quarter of voters are still undecided and that until now the French have been more concerned about jobs and the economy than terrorism.

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France Prepares To Go To The Polls -- News Updates April 22, 2017

France kicks off presidential vote overseas; security tight -- AP
Overseas voters kick off crucial French presidential election -- Reuters
France on edge as presidential vote looms -- Channel News Asia/AFP
Security dominates French election after shooting -- Reuters
Shadow of terror attacks hangs over France as polls prepare to open -- The Guardian
France gets ready for a rocky vote -- FOX News
France votes in cliffhanger presidential election on Sunday -- Reuters
Tight race for the Elysee Palace -- DW
France set for crucial presidential election -- Al Jazeera
France's 11 presidential hopefuls stake out positions on TV -- FOX News/AP
Fake News Floods France Ahead of Sunday’s Presidential Election -- Fortune/Reuters
Tear gas, smoke grenades & flares: Violence erupts at Paris protest day before election (VIDEO) -- RT
French election: What voters in Paris' Barbes Market think about the candidates -- ABC News Online
Dispatch: Marine Le Pen rides high in France's bellwether town that always backs the winning president -- The Telegraph

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