French police thwart attack days before election

Both of the men were known to security services and thought to have been radicalised in prison. Neither of them are from Marseille police said

You may not be familiar with French politics, but Last Week Tonight's segment does a great job at presenting the candidates running for president this year, including the ones that don't stand a chance to pass the first round, and the ones that will probably face off in the second round. Macron, an independent centrist with pro-business, pro-European.

She and the bankers' candidate Emmanuel Macron, had previously seemed like the contenders in a two-horse race. Macron, an independent centrist.

France remains under a state of emergency after being a frequent target of terror attacks that have killed more than 230 people since January 2015. As France's unpredictable presidential campaign nears its finish with no clear front-.

Scandal-plagued conservative Francois Fillon and far-left firebrand Jean-Luc Melenchon have closed the gap dramatically in the last two weeks.

However, this time his campaign went much bigger with plans to speak to a crowd in the eastern city of Dijon and to pipe him in to Montpellier, Grenoble, Nancy, Nantes, Clermont-Ferrand and even France's Reunion island in the Indian Ocean. He expressed his solidarity toward them.

"We could end up with all the duels possible", said Emmanuel Riviere, director of French polling for Kantar Public.

A total of 50,000 policemen and gendarmes will be mobilized during the two rounds of presidential elections on April 23 and May 7, the French interior minister said.


"Because they were delinquents, they would have been expelled from France", Le Pen said.

Le Pen, who is campaigning on anti-immigration, anti- European themes, is among the four top contenders for the presidential race.

With the terror threat "higher than ever", Fekl said "everything is being done" to secure the election, the candidates, their election headquarters and rallies.

Macron recalled he has pledged to pursue military intervention in Iraq and Syria, boost intelligence services and fight against terrorism on the internet.

Campaigning continued as normal.

Two men arrested in Marseilles are suspected of preparing an "imminent violent attack" in the run-up to Sunday's presidential election, French Interior Minister Matthias Fekl told CNN's French affiliate, BFM.

The plan unravelled when police arrested two Frenchmen in Marseille that authorities said were "radicalised" and seized bomb-making materials as well as guns.

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