French candidate Marine Le Pen says ‘the country is at war’

Al Jazeera’s Natacha Butler reports on how events unfolded on Thursday night in Paris and reactions from the leading French presidential candidates to the killing of a French police officer.

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Apathy and fear of Le Pen palpable in Paris suburb

Many in Sevran disillusioned with French political class but prepared to mobilise should Le Pen reach the run-off.

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Will security concerns affect the French elections?

France is on high alert as voters head to the polls after an attack on Paris' most famous boulevard, the Champs Elysees.


French Muslims despondent after Champs Elysees attack

Worshippers at Paris Grand Mosque lament increasing frequency of ISIL attacks and the consequences for their community.

French elections 2017

Lyon: Satirical puppet Guignol takes on French election

On the eve of Sunday's voting, Lyon's iconic puppet takes a swipe at the politicians vying for the presidency.


French town’s residents uncertain of election outcome

France is going ahead with Sunday's vote to choose a president. Since 1981, Donzy, a small town in the centre of the country, has always reflected the national vote. But this year, people in Donzy feel the picture is more uncertain.

French elections 2017

Prosecutors open 'terrorism probe' into Paris attack

French decision follows deadly Champs Elysees attack on police, just three days before first round of presidential vote.


Police officer shot dead in Paris, attacker killed

France launches terrorism probe after attack on Champs Elysees, three days before first round of presidential poll.


Can the Muslim vote sway the French elections?

In case of a runoff between Marine Le Pen and another candidate, the Muslim electorate will rally behind her opponent.

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France election: Security a key concern for voters

Candidates vying to become the next French president are taking a day off from campaigning to prepare for major TV interviews before Sunday's vote. Polls suggest that security is second only to unemployment as the most important election issue.


'Poutou speaks like us, and we see ourselves in him'

The outsider presidential candidate wins supporters because of his working-class background and leftist platform.


Why does Le Pen get so much support from young voters?

Experts on French politics say the far-right has successfully attracted young people amid economic decline.


French election: Le Pen rallies support in Marseille

The first round of the French presidential election is set to be held on April 23. One of the candidates expected to do well on Sunday is far-right leader Marine Le Pen, who is polling neck-and-neck with centrist Emmanuel Macron.


France election 2017: Joblessness feeds extreme politics in north

The first round of France's presidential election will take place on Sunday. With youth unemployment at around 60 percent, the industrial town of Denain is among the poorest in the country.


In search of alternative media in France

A growing band of activists wants to take on perceived bias in mainstream media outlets, but can they succeed?