Peace trumps fear for voters in French town where priest slain

AFPTV

It was less than a year ago that attackers who had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group slit an elderly priest's throat in the village of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray. The grizzly murder stunned France, fueling debate about security and radical Islam. With elections just days away, the historically communist town's most vocal residents support far-left candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon. But the far-right National Front has a history of success here too -- and members of the Muslim community say they feel stigmatised.