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France: 'The whole world is watching' - Melenchon urges self-control after Paris shooting01:11

France: 'The whole world is watching' - Melenchon urges self-control after Paris shooting

France, Paris
April 21, 2017 at 15:59 GMT -00:00 · Published

'We are collectively responsible of how the country will retort,' French presidential candidate Jean-Luc Melenchon cautioned in Paris on Friday, speaking following the police shooting that rocked the capital on Thursday evening.

With the first round of presidential elections being only a few days away, Melenchon warned that the 'whole world is watching' to see France's reaction to the attack, as the country finds itself "at the moment of the most important election of our democratic lives." He urged for self-control and to not let emotions dictate a response, offering points from his election program to combat against the latest attacks in France.

Following the attack far-right National Front leader Marine Le Pen called for national borders to be immediately reinstated, and Francois Fillon voiced his belief that the country is "confronted by Islamic totalitarianism." Independent presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron warned that the attack was aimed at destabilising France.

One police officer was killed and two were injured when an attacker fired at a police van on the Champs-Elysees Thursday evening. The suspected assailant was reportedly shot and killed by the police as he attempted to flee.

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'We are collectively responsible of how the country will retort,' French presidential candidate Jean-Luc Melenchon cautioned in Paris on Friday, speaking following the police shooting that rocked the capital on Thursday evening.

With the first round of presidential elections being only a few days away, Melenchon warned that the 'whole world is watching' to see France's reaction to the attack, as the country finds itself "at the moment of the most important election of our democratic lives." He urged for self-control and to not let emotions dictate a response, offering points from his election program to combat against the latest attacks in France.

Following the attack far-right National Front leader Marine Le Pen called for national borders to be immediately reinstated, and Francois Fillon voiced his belief that the country is "confronted by Islamic totalitarianism." Independent presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron warned that the attack was aimed at destabilising France.

One police officer was killed and two were injured when an attacker fired at a police van on the Champs-Elysees Thursday evening. The suspected assailant was reportedly shot and killed by the police as he attempted to flee.

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