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A four-horse race for the French presidency

Will the spectre of the far-left’s Jean-Luc Mélenchon be exorcised by the latest terror attack?

By Ana Pouvreau & Mark Porter  

Jean-Luc Melenchon speaks at a campaign rally in Toulouse ©Rondeau Pascal/ABACA/ABACA/PA Images

The French presidential election programme ground to an unscheduled halt this morning following the Islamic State-claimed shooting in the Champs Elysées on Thursday night. One policeman died, and two others were injured. Two of the four main candidates, François Fillon and Marine Le Pen, immediately cancelled events ahead of Friday’s midnight deadline for electioneering, while others reacted with shock and expressed sympathy for the families and friends of the wounded and dead officers.

As tension ratcheted across France…

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