(Paris attack) Centrist Macron asks for calm

World | Apr 21, 2017 18:32
Presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron is appealing to French voters to keep a cool head in the wake of the gun attack of the Champs-Elysees that killed a police officer. 
Speaking today on RTL radio, Macron said: "What our attackers want is death, symbolism, to sow panic (and) to disturb a democratic process, which is the presidential election.'' 
The centrist who has been a front-runner in polls with Marine Le Pen of the far-right National Front said he has canceled two planned campaign stops today out of a sense to "decency'' and to allow police to concentrate resources on the attack investigation. 
Asked if the assault would impact voting on Sunday, Macron said: "No one knows.'' 
He vowed that, if elected, he would within weeks of taking power create a task force to coordinate French intelligence efforts against the Islamic State group, which claimed responsibility for Thursday night's attack. 
He tore into Le Pen, accusing her of lying with claims that previous attacks wouldn't have happened under her watch. "She won't be able to protect our citizens,'' Macron said of Le Pen.-AP

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