Le Pen to make statement in wake of Paris shooting
French National Front's standard-bearer Marine Le Pen, who canceled her final presidential campaign events after an attack in Paris claimed by the Islamic State, or ISIS, announced on Friday she would deliver a statement. Authorities said security in the overall process will be at a very high level. The attacker was killed after shooting dead a police officer and wounding another. ISIS identified him as Abu Yusuf al-Baljiki, after officials revealed the assailant, who wasn't named, has been on the radar as a potential Islamist radical.
In one of the final surveys before the French presidential campaign goes silent, frontrunner Emmanuel Macron's rating came in flat at 24%, while Le Pen's dropped 1.5 percentage points to 21.5%, strengthening the former economy minister's odds in the first round. An update from Elabe revealed the centrist politician would beat the second-ranked far right candidate by 65% to 35%. The poll was conducted before yesterday's shooting. The first round will be held on April 23, while one day before there is a ban on campaigning.
Voter support for Macron is the same in a two-way setting against the troubled Republicans' contestant Francois Fillon. The former prime minister advanced 0.5 points to 20%, BFMTV reported. Unsubmissive France's Jean-Luc Melanchon, who campaigns from a far left position, saw a jump of 1.5 points to 19.5%. He wins 41% against Macron's 59% in a theoretical runoff. Fillon and Macron have also canceled today's final events in the wake of the attack.