Thursday's HOT MIC
Re: Paris shooting
The first round of presidential voting is three days away with an extraordinarily tight four-way race. Many observers will make the obvious point that a terror attack in the heart of Paris will favor the clear anti-terrorism candidate Marine Le Pen of the National Front.
But the French, who have been the target of several recent attacks, may have become somewhat inured to terrorism -- at least as a political issue. While the candidates dwell on immigration and terrorism, the French voter is far more concerned with the economy and unemployment.
The polls say that the number of "undecided" voters is historically high with some surveys showing up to a third of the electorate still considering their choice. A terrorist attack on the police may move some undecided voters -- not necessarily all of them -- toward Le Pen, but odds are that on election day, April 23, it will be a race to the wire to see which two candidates will move on to the runoff election in May.