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French candidates boost security ahead of tense vote

AP  |  Paris 

French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen says all the presidential contenders and all French people are potential attack targets.

The candidates for France's first-round presidential Sunday have increased security in recent days. Authorities announced yesterday that they had arrested two Islamic radicals suspected of plotting a possible attack around the vote.

While prosecutors haven't identified the potential targets, Le Pen said on BFM television that "we are all targets. All the French."

Le Pen also defended her decision to force national French network TF1 to take down the European flag during an interview Tuesday night. She said Wednesday that "I am a candidate in the for the French republic" and said is acting like France's "enemy.

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First Published: Wed, April 19 2017. 15:28 IST