This weekend will prove to be a defining moment in the history of France – and the European Union – as four candidates – ranging from a far left communist to a conservative populist battle it out to be the nation’s next president.
Emmanuel Macron, who currently leads in the polls to win the French presidential elections, has accepted terrorism as an “imponderable problem” which will be “part of our daily lives for the years to come”.
His comments came in a radio interview after the most recent terror attack by Islamic jihadists on Thursday. A policeman was killed by a AK-47 at point blank range by one of two terrorists.
Meanwhile, Front National leader Marine Le Pen called out French leaders for allowing the cancer of Islamic extremism to fester in the country as it continues to face acts of terrorism on an all too regular basis.
“It’s a major subject that nobody has mentioned,” she stated in a debate before the latest attack. “We must take control of our national borders to know who is coming in. We must reorganize the intelligence services, reinforce the means at the disposal of police and gendarmes, and attack the evil at its roots – that’s to say the communitarianism and the development of Islamic fundamentalism.”
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Ms. Le Pen also said she would immediately deport all foreign nationals on the terror watch list if elected, asking rivals: “Explain to me why we should take the risk of keeping them in our territory?”
In a major speech on 18 April, the 48-year-old declared that “mass immigration” had not been “an opportunity for France, [but] a tragedy for France”.
She vowed to terminate France’s membership of the borderless Schengen Zone, criticized as an “international passport-free zone for terrorists” by former Interpol chief Robert Noble, and promised citizens: “I will protect you.”
Meanwhile, far-left presidential candidate Philippe Poutou is blaming French politics for Thursday’s deadly attack on Paris’ Champs-Elysées.
Poutou, a car-factory worker backed by anti-capitalist party NPA, says the roots of extremist attacks are neither in mosques nor migrant camps. He said: “They are in the situation of external and internal war maintained by the state, and in the injustice and discriminations maintained in the suburbs.” In other words, terrorists are the real victims.
Charles Gave – founder of Hong-Kong based asset-allocation consultancy GaveKal Research -predicted the Donald Trump’s win in the U.S. election. He is now betting on a win for Le Pen in the close race.
“Le Pen’s momentum is a slow-moving reaction against the men of Davos — as we have seen with Brexit and Trump — but markets don’t want to believe it,” the financial guru stated.