The outcome of France’s first round of their presidential election will be watched closely on Sunday and international attention has grown in recent hours following a deadly terror attack on a police bus on the Champs-Elysees, a famous boulevard, that has led French citizens to question the motives of the attack which coincided during a T.V. debate between the presidential candidates.
ISIS has already claimed responsibility for the attack and said it was carried out by one of its fighters identified as “the Belgian.”
Far right candidate Marine Le Pen of National Front has called for the closure of all Islamic mosques in France while Francois Fillon of the Republicans, who holds a hardline immigration stance, has asked for unity across France and admitted that France is at war with terror.
The youngest candidate in the race, Emmanuel Macron, of En Marche Party, is one of the favored candidates although his views about security are considered softer than some of the other candidates such as Le Pen and Fillon.
U.S. President Donald Trump has already weighed in about France’s upcoming presidential election and tweeted today that the recent terror attack in Paris will have a “big effect” on the election.
Another terrorist attack in Paris. The people of France will not take much more of this. Will have a big effect on presidential election!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 21, 2017
The 2nd round of voting in France occurs on May 7th.
Today IHS Markit Eurozone PMI hit a new 6 yr. high in April to begin the 2nd quarter with gains coming from a weak euro that helped export sales growth to reach a six year high alongside rising employment that nearly reached a 10 yr. high.
Chris Williamson, Chief Business Economist at IHS Markit admitted in a statement today that that growth in France rose above that seen in Germany amid rising optimism about the future, although the French elections still present some near-term risks to the outlook.
“France’s elections pose the highest near-term risk to the outlook, but in the lead-up to the vote the business mood has clearly been buoyant” Williamson said.
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