French Police Arrests 2 On Suspicion Of Planning Attack During Elections

France has remained on high alert since a string of terror attacks that began in 2015, which have killed over 230 people.

Both are suspected Islamic radicals, according to the Paris prosecutors' office, which is leading the probe.

A definite attack had been headed off, he said. Macron, an independent centrist with pro-business, pro-European views, is among the front-runners in France's unpredictable presidential race.

Macron's campaign workers say they are very optimistic. Macron visited the wholesale food market that serves Paris on Tuesday morning, after addressing a crowd of more than 20,000 in the French capital the evening before.

"These two radicalised men. intended to commit in the very short-term - by that I mean in the coming days - an attack on French soil", Fekl told a news conference. The arrests come five days before the French go to the polls in the most uncertain French presidential election in the country's recent history - nearly a third of the electorate is still undecided and the four front-runners are clustered around 20 percent in the polls for the first ballot.

Fekl gave no details about potential targets or motives, and it was unclear whether the attack could have targeted a campaign event.

Le Pen, who has campaigned against immigration and Europe's open borders, also wants to impose a 10 percent tax on labor contracts that go to foreigners and seize back control of French borders.

Officials from Fillon's camp and Le Pen's National Front said they also had received word of a possible attack.

Macron struck a tough, but conciliatory tone.

But he added that " a challenge that calls upon us more than anything else to come together, because the terrorists wish nothing more than our division".

Conservative candidate Fillon said "democracy must not get on its knees in front of the threats and intimidations from terrorists".

France's fight against homegrown and overseas Islamic extremism has, with jobs and the economy, been one of the main issues for the stumping presidential candidates.

With the country still under a state of emergency, Mr Fekl said more than 50,000 police, gendarmes and soldiers would be deployed for each leg of the election.

"Everything will be done to ensure security" for the election, Fekl said.

  • Leroy Wright