'[French] People don't have access to guns. Here, you don't have people with guns opening fire on the crowd simply for the satisfaction of causing drama and tragedy,' said the French president.
France's far-right presidential candidate was informed before hand of requirement to wear head covering before meeting, but refuses upon arrival.
Jean-Marie Le Pen said in 2014 that he would put a vocal Jewish critic of his 'in an oven' next time they meet.
Candidates right and left of the National Front leader either struggle to muster support or fail to resonate with the public.
Israel is 'insurance for Jews worldwide,' French-Jewish lawmaker says before 'reminding' far-right leader of her father's praise for Gestapo.
Leading contender in French election tells interviewer she won't allow dual citizenships with non-European countries. Asked specifically about Jews and Israel, she said: 'Israel isn't an EU member.'
The allegations that Emmanuel Macron, a former economy minister, had an affair with the CEO of Radio France came as Macron edges ahead of far-right candidate Marine Le Pen in a national poll.
Opinion polls see Le Pen topping the first round on April 23 but then losing the May 7 run-off to a mainstream candidate.
'We Just Want to Preserve Our Identity - Like Israel and Trump,' Le Pen Party Official Tells Haaretz
Less than three months before the elections in France, National Front's Nicolas Bay visits Israel. With the Israeli government boycotting his party, a middleman managed to get him meetings with senior officials.
The highly unusual visit of Nicolas Bay was deliberately kept quiet, as Israel officially boycotts the National Front, whose members harbor anti-Semitic views.