Extra troops deployed in French elections

Extra troops deployed in French elections

World April 21, 2017 11:45

PARIS - The attack on the Champs Elysees in Paris has made France decide to use additional soldiers for the first round of presidential elections this Sunday. In addition to the 50,000 police officers who have been before, the French government has added another 7000 soldiers, according to Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve against the BFMTV channel.

'We will not allow the fundamental democratic process in our country to be hampered,' said Cazeneuve. 'We do not allow fear and intimidation, because then we would only play the enemy in the map. ''

In a Thursday evening poll, published before the attack, the Social-Liberal candidate Emmanuel Macron headed with a score of 24 percent. Marine Le Pen of the National Population Front National came out at 21.5 percent.

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