France looks toward presidential vote in wake of attack

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PARIS - France began picking itself up Friday from another shooting claimed by the Islamic State group, with President Francois Hollande calling together the government"s security council and his would-be successors in the presidential election campaign treading carefully before voting this weekend.

One of the key questions was if, and how, the attack that killed one police officer and wounded three other people might impact voting intentions. The risk for the main candidates was that misjudging the public mood, making an ill-perceived gesture or comment, could damage their chances. With polling just two days away, and campaigning banned from Friday at midnight, they would have no time to recover before polls open on Sunday. Candidates cancelled or rescheduled final campaign events ahead of Sunday"s first-round vote in the two-stage election.

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