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In a country riven by increasing divisions, Thursday's shooting on Paris' Champs Elysees, which left one police officer dead, has the potential to upend an already contentious and unpredictable election. A second suspect handed himself in to Belgian police on Friday.

The shooting abruptly pushed national security up the agenda, potentially making the outcome of Sunday's first round vote even more hard to call.

All of the participants amended their closing statements to reflect the tragedy and mourn the loss of the murdered police officer. A source close to the investigation told CNN he was the subject of a "Fiche S" surveillance file and was on the radar of the French domestic security service, DGSI.

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French President Francois Hollande promised "absolute vigilance, particularly with regard to the electoral process" following the attack.

PARIS (AP) - A French presidential campaign that's been filled with unprecedented twists and turns still has surprises in store heading into Sunday's first-round vote. Candidates canceled or rescheduled final campaign events ahead of Sunday's first-round vote in the two-stage election.

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Left-wing insurgent Jean-Luc Mélenchon warned against allowing panic to "interrupt democracy".

The "totalitarian" European Union has also always been one of Le Pen's pet hates and a constant target for her virulent nationalist discourse.

The gunman, who officials say used an automatic weapon, was later killed by police.

Investigators found a pump-action shotgun and knives in the vehicle of the gunman who targeted police on the Champs-Elysees, and were working to determine whether he had accomplices.

"Then we have to think about other models".

Police commander Christophe Voreux said Thursday that the two parliamentary aides and a member of Fillon's security detail were dining in a fast-food restaurant when someone broke into their hire auto parked outside. Also wounded was a female tourist. He shot two officers in 2001 after being stopped by a police, according to the source. He was taken into custody but while being questioned grabbed another officer's gun and shot him three times, the source added. A police document obtained by The Associated Press identifies the address searched in the town of Chelles as the family home of Karim Cheurfi, a 39-year-old with a criminal record.

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Earlier this week French authorities arrested two men in Marseille who were allegedly planning an attack in a run-up to the election.

The United Kingdom's decision to leave the European Union and the victory of Donald Trump in the U.S. presidential election in 2016 were seen as big victories for the anti-establishment and anti-globalist movement.

As news of the shooting broke, Le Pen was taking part in live televised debate with 10 other candidates. "What can you say? Despite this big difference, she wins the election with 50.02-percent at the end of the day", political scientist Serge Galam said.

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In France, the heavy lifting in government is done by the prime minister. The country was rocked by an attack on Nice previous year, when 86 people were killed after a truck was driven into crowds on Bastille Day, and Paris in November 2015, when 130 were murdered in coordinated suicide bombings and mass shootings around the city. The top two vote-getters from a crowded field will go head-to-head in the second round on May 7.

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