Marine Le Pen, the National Front candidate for the French presidential election, accused rival President Nicolas Sarkozy of electoral agitation from his sudden decision to arrest a handful of known Muslim terrorists on French soil, following the slaughter of seven people by Muslim terrorist, Mohamed Merah, who was killed by French police last month.
JPOST Merah, an Algerian born in France who was killed after the 30-hour standoff outside his home, murdered seven people in three separate terror attacks last month, including a rabbi and three Jewish children.
Le Pen was speaking at a press conference with foreign journalists in her campaign headquarters at Nanterre, west of Paris. She lamented to representatives of newspapers from around the world that “we no longer speak at all of the crisis, [but] of electoral fables.”
Responding to a question from The Jerusalem Post, following the surprising absence of mentions in electoral debates of the shootings in the southern French town of Toulouse, Le Pen criticized Sarkozy, calling his crackdown on Islamists “merely electoral agitation after the Merah affair.”
“A few arrested Islamists and that is all… [Sarkozy] is not dealing with the real problem of fundamentalism, although he has been in charge of national security for the past 10 years.”
For Le Pen, Sarkozy, like his predecessors, “deliberately downplayed the threat from Islamists who want to see France as we know it disappear in favor of Shari’a.”
Going further, she accused her main rival for the voice of the right wing to have even “opened the door to the UOIF (militant Muslim organization in France) who called for the murder of Jews.” “He provided the first steps to the ladder for the fundamentalists in France and internationally,” she said.
The right wing candidate also deplored the European intervention in Libya last year, at the initiative of France, which helped dethrone former leader Muammar Gaddafi.
“In Libya, we gave the power to jihadists who have established Shari’a law within a few hours,” she said.
“A convinced euroskeptic,” and “sworn enemy of the euro as a single currency,” Le Pen criticized Sarkozy as one of those “those who sell us the idea that the euro zone would be a doublelocked prison with no key.”
If elected, Le Pen said she plans to close the door of her country not only to globalization but also – and especially – to mass immigration.
“I will cancel the regularization of illegal immigrants and I will reduce the number of visas to 10,000 a year to accommodate artists, sportsmen and research talent, instead of the 203,000 allocated each year,” she said.