How the Latest Paris Shooting Could Shape the French Presidential Election

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A bullet hole is pictured on a shopwindow of the Champs Elysees boulevard in Paris, Friday, April 21, 2017.
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On Sunday, French voters will head to the polls for the first round of voting in the country's presidential election. Of the 11 candidates, there are five considered to be in contention: Emmanuel Macron, Marine Le Pen, Jean-Luc Melenchon, Francois Fillon, and Benoit Hamon. 

It's expected that no candidate will surpass the 50 percent threshold needed to win the first round outright, meaning that there will be a runoff in June. 

On Thursday night in Paris, a gunman killed a police officer and seriously wounded two others in what French President Francois Hollande has called a terrorist attack. 

James McAuley, Paris correspondent for The Washington Post, joins The Takeaway to explain how the shooting could shape the French presidential election.