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27 April 2017


Accusations of Paris attack 'exploitation'

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Leading candidates on the right in France's presidential vote have been accused of using the killing of a policeman in Paris for political ends.

Axar.az reports citing to Dailysabah that the far right's Marine Le Pen pledged to expel radical Islamists while the centre-right's Francois Fillon talked of fighting "Islamist totalitarianism".

Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve accused Mr Fillon and Ms Le Pen of cynically exploiting the attack. Friday is the last day of campaigning before Sunday's election.

Ms Le Pen, Mr Fillon and independent centrist Emmanuel Macron all cancelled their final campaign events as a mark of respect for the policeman killed on Thursday.

However, radical leftist Jean-Luc Mélenchon, who also condemned the attack, pressed on with his campaigning, saying "the violent must be shown that they will not have the last word against republicans".

In an attack claimed by so-called Islamic State, a gunman shot dead a policeman on the French capital's famous Champs Elysees Avenue, wounding two other officers before being killed by security forces.

The gunman struck as the 11 candidates took part in their last TV appearance together before the election, a tightly fought contest to be followed by a run-off on 7 May.

Opinion polls suggest Mr Macron has a narrow lead over Ms Le Pen, with Mr Fillon and Mr Mélenchon close behind.

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2017.04.21 / 20:14
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