Police, protesters clash ahead of Le Pen rally

Police, protesters clash ahead of Le Pen rally

A French presidential candidate is trying to squeeze in all the rallies he can before the first round of voting begins in a matter of days - and the best way to do that is to be in multiple places at once.

Francois Fillon, right, former French Prime Minister, member of the Republicans political party and 2017 French presidential election candidate of the French centre-right, is greeted by supporters as he arrives to attend a campaign rally in Lille, France, Tuesday, April 18, 2017.

Only the top two will advance to the run-off on May 7.

Until recently, the expectation was that France would not have an electoral shock like Britain did with Brexit and the U.S. with the election of Mr Donald Trump.

Mr Melenchon and the 10 other presidential candidates appeared on a television programme on Thursday night where they are scheduled to speak one after another.

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Her rival candidates were happy to let "immigrants turn France into a enormous squat", she argued.

French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen says all the presidential contenders - and all French people - are potential attack targets. He also met with the head of the main Muslim federation, saying the group is fighting on a "common front" alongside the state against Islamic extremism. In Marseille. She reiterated her plan to expel all foreigners in a suspect file and strip dual national suspects of their French nationality.

Leader of the National Front, Ms Le Pen, said she wanted to be president of France, "not the European Commission", according to reports. However, Le Pen has lost some ground as Fillon and Melenchon closed the gap.

"Emmanuel Macron warmly thanked Barack Obama for his friendly call", En Marche! said in its own statement, Reuters reported. "Well, France is not for sale, the French people are not for sale", she said.

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