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France's Le Pen Hardens Her Tone In Final Straight

French far-right candidate marine le pen accused her rivals of turning a blind eye to terrorism at her last major rally before the first round of a Nailbiting race for president.

Addressing supporters in the southern city of Marseille, where two Frenchmen were arrested on suspicion of planning an attack on the election.

Police fired teargas and arrested four people after around 500 people demonstrated against le pen and tried to march towards the rally. Some of them threw projectiles and firecrackers.

Polls show Le Pen, centrist Emmanuel macron, conservative former Prime Minister Francois Fillon and hard left firebrand Jean-Luc Melenchon locked in a tight four-way race ahead of first round of voting.

Le pen has claimed that her proposals such as expelling any foreigner convicted of a crime suspected of being radicalised would have helped prevent some of the attacks since 2015 which have claimed more than 200 lives.