Terrorism fighter Le Pen declares war on Islamic radicals
“I will protect you,” Marine Le Pen said Wednesday in her final rally before this weekend’s voting. “My first measure as president will be to reinstate our borders and give France back to its people.”
The Front National leader said she will end the fear of terrorism in France and eradicate the “poison” of Islamic radicals. “Mass immigration is not an opportunity for France, it’s a tragedy.”
The populist right-wing candidate held the rally in the southern port city of Marseille, where police arrested two men the day before for plotting a violent attack on voting day.
Le Pen is the strongest candidate to stop the slaughter and end the scourge of terror that has swept across France because of open-border policies. — Guy De Michêl
Terrorism attacks in France in the last two years:
- Charlie Hebdo massacre, January 7, 2015
Two masked gunmen murdered 12 people in a brutal terror attack on the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo in Paris. Brothers Saïd and Chérif Kouachi stormed the newspaper’s offices during lunchtime. A policewoman was killed a day later. On January 9, another terrorist killed four hostages at a Jewish supermarket.
- Paris attacks,
November 13, 2015
A series of attacks in Paris killed 130 and injured hundreds of others in the deadliest assault on French soil since World War II.
A suicide bombing at the Stade de France stadium were followed by more explosions and shootings at popular bars and restaurants in Paris.
Three gunmen also opened fire at Bataclan concert hall and killed spectators who were watching the Eagles of Death Metal perform.
- Police officers slain, June 13, 2016
Two French police officers murdered in their home in front of their 3-year-old son. Islamic State claimed responsibility for the slaying, which was carried out by a jihadist with a prior terrorist conviction. He was killed by police on the scene.
- Nice terror attack, July 14, 2016
A terrorist driving a truck killed 84 people and injured hundreds when he drove his speeding vehicle into spectators after a fireworks display in the seaside city to mark France’s Bastille Day. The attacker, Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, a 41-year-old Tunisian-born French citizen, was shot dead by security forces.
- Normandy church attack, July 26, 2016
Two armed men stormed a church mass in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, a suburb of Rouen in northern France, slit the throat of an elderly priest, Father Jacques Hamel, and took four other people hostage. Police shot dead the attackers, who were soldiers of the Islamic State.
- Louvre knife attack, February 3, 2017
A man wielding a machete was shot while trying to attack a group of soldiers guarding the Louvre in Paris. The attacker reportedly cried ‘Allahu Akbar’ and drew the machete on the soldiers when he was told he could not enter the Louvre Carrousel shopping centre with two backpacks.
BULLETIN: Terror on the Champs-Élysées
PARIS, April 20, 2017 — Two police officers were killed by gunmen wielding AK-47s on the Champs Élysées in central Paris tonight.
French police said that the incident was a ‘terrorist act’ and the world famous avenue was on lockdown by 9 p.m. as heavily armed officers flooded the area and a third individual — believed to be the killer — was shot dead.
The slain officers were deliberately targeted. One of them was shot dead while he sat in a patrol car at a red light.
Police were searching the home of the dead attacker in the east of Paris after it was revealed he was known to security services. There were reports that the second gunman, who remains at large, had fired shots in a shopping mall as police in body armor and riot gear rush to the scene.
The attack occurred as presidential candidates took part in a TV debate nearby before Sunday’s election. — The Daily Mail