Paris Terror Attack Will 'Probably Help' Marine Le Pen in Election

Owen Stevens
April 22, 2017

USA stock index futures indicated Wall Street would also open a little higher, though investors stayed away from making big bets in either direction ahead of Sunday's vote.

In an interview on Friday with the Associated Press, Trump clarified his stance on Le Pen.

Marine Le Pen, whose passion for politics and far-right values were forged in the cradle, is making her second bid for the French presidency, hoping this time to break through the ceiling of fear that stopped her father from winning in 2002.

Campaigning on staunch nationalistic rhetoric, Le Pen has harshly criticized Islam as the root cause of terrorism and vowed to support a more secular France by limiting free expression of religion.

Le Pen wants to take France out of the euro and hold a referendum on the country's membership in the European Union. The word "Islamist" does not mean "Islamic", and is used only in the context of extremism. "Therefore I'll change my intention and cast a useful vote - either Melenchon or Macron", said physics teacher Omar Ilys, 44.

Speaking with CNN after the US election, Le Pen lauded President Trump's victory as a positive sign for France.

Le Pen also took to social networks to criticize the government following the attack in a series of messages on Twitter. "So it's a sign of hope for those who can not bear wild globalization".

While Trump campaigned on a message of "America First", Le Pen has campaigned on promises to make France, "more French".

In the five years since France's last presidential vote, Europe has seen a massive migrant crisis and a rise in populism, both contributing to the Brexit vote.

The latest Opinionway poll puts Macron in first spot with 23 percent of the vote, Le Pen with 22 percent in second, followed by Fillon with 21 and Melanchon with 18 percent.

The independent candidate, who is the youngest in the presidential race at 39-years-old, has been accused of lacking experience. "The police must be able to work in the best possible way".

Kevin Lewis, President Obama's spokesman, would later clarify in a statement that the former president's phone call should not be construed as an official endorsement of Macron.

USA stocks also edged lower on Friday as geopolitical concerns such the French election offset positive earnings news.

In addition to being a darling of the left, Macron has also openly criticized President Trump and his policies, specifically on the environment.

"What can you say?"

"On the assumption that the French election will provide a market-friendly victor, we believe that euro zone assets may be poised to rally strongly in the next few weeks as political risk declines", said Mark Dowding, partner at BlueBay Asset Management in London.

With voting beginning Sunday on the French mainland, the government has mobilized more than 50,000 police and gendarmes to protect 70,000 polling stations, with an additional 7,000 soldiers on patrol.

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