In France What happened today in presidential race

A little over two weeks before the first round of France's presidential election, far-right candidate Marine Le Pen reacted to the US strikes in Syria and her far-left rival Jean-Luc Melenchon took a stab at playing a virtual Robin Hood.

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Front National party candiadate Marine Le Pen, pictured on April 5, 2017, was "surprised" by President Donald Trump's decision to order air strikes in Syria play

Front National party candiadate Marine Le Pen, pictured on April 5, 2017, was "surprised" by President Donald Trump's decision to order air strikes in Syria

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A little over two weeks before the first round of France's presidential election, far-right candidate Marine Le Pen reacted to the US strikes in Syria and her far-left rival Jean-Luc Melenchon took a stab at playing a virtual Robin Hood.

Here are three things that happened in the campaign on Friday:

Le Pen 'surprised' by Syria strikes

Le Pen, who praised Donald Trump's isolationist stance when he was campaigning for the US presidency last year, said she was "surprised" by his decision to order air strikes in Syria in response to Tuesday's suspected chemical attack there.

"I'm a little surprised because Trump had indicated repeatedly that he did not intend for the United States to be the policeman of the world anymore, and that's exactly what he did yesterday," the National Front (FN) leader said on French television.

Fillon flour-bombing suspect was on extremist watchlist

One of two men arrested after conservative candidate Francois Fillon was blanketed with flour at a campaign event was on a watchlist of suspected radical extremists, a police source told AFP.

French presidential election candidate for the right-wing Les Republicains party Francois Fillon (C) reacts as a man throws flour at him on April 6, 2017 during a political rally in Strasbourg play

French presidential election candidate for the right-wing Les Republicains party Francois Fillon (C) reacts as a man throws flour at him on April 6, 2017 during a political rally in Strasbourg

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He was on the list because he travelled to "sensitive countries like Afghanistan", but was not known to have been radicalised, the source said, adding that the man was no longer on the list.

Fillon, once the frontrunner for the presidency, has been dogged by a fake jobs scandal since January and has been charged with abuse of public funds.

Melenchon stars in corruption-busting video game

Far-left candidate Jean-Luc Melenchon launched his own video game, playing a modern-day Robin Hood recovering wealth stolen by the elite and giving it to the people.

Players put themselves in Melenchon's shoes in "Fiscal Kombat", setting out to recover 279 billion euros ($196 billion) -- the candidate's proposed budget -- from the likes of Bernard Cahuzac, the former Socialist budget minister convicted of tax fraud and money laundering.

The game also targets Fillon as well as former rightwing president Nicolas Sarkozy, who has faced a number of legal probes into corruption and campaign financing violations since he left office in 2012.

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