Marine Le Pen, the leader of France’s extreme-right National Front party, announced on Saturday that the party was suspending its election campaign.
Marine Le Pen, the leader of France’s extreme-right National Front party, announced on Saturday that the party was suspending its election campaign.Credit Christophe Petit Tesson
Marine Le Pen, the leader of France’s extreme-right National Front party, declared at a news conference on Saturday: “France and the French are no longer safe. It is my duty to tell you so.”
Ms. Le Pen expressed her condolences to the families of the victims and praised the work of emergency and security forces, but she said that France had to “finally determine who are its allies and who are its enemies.” She accused unnamed countries of having “benevolent” relationships with radical Islam and “ambiguous” ties with terrorist groups.
She also praised President François Hollande’s proclamation of a state of emergency and of toughening border controls.
“Whatever the European Union might say, it is essential that France recover the control of its national borders, once and for all,” she said. “Without borders, neither security nor protection are possible.”
Ms. Le Pen also said France had suffered a “programmed collapse” of its security and defense capacities, and that it needed to strengthen its military and police forces.
“Finally, fundamentalist Islam must be wiped out,” she said. “France must ban Islamist organizations, close radical mosques, and kick out foreigners who are preaching hatred on our soil, as well as illegal immigrants who have nothing to do here.”
She said that people who are members of Islamist movements and who have dual citizenship — from France and another nation — should have their French citizenship taken away and should be banned from French territory.Share