Paris attack injects greater uncertainty into French vote

It has almost become routine in France: A terrorist attack shatters the rhythms of daily life, bringing bloodshed and anguish. The assailant turns out to be someone known to the authorities.

What is different now is the timing, as Paris is again on high alert, right before the country goes to the polls on Sunday in one of the most tumultuous and unpredictable presidential races in memory. The brazen assault on Thursday by Karim Cheurfi, 39, a French national with a history of violence, left one police officer dead on the sidewalk.

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