Le Pen accused of ‘exploiting’ Paris attack: Far-right leader calls for all foreign terror suspects to be expelled immediately following police shooting as voters expected to flock to her in Sunday’s presidential election
Champs Elysees shooting happened days before French presidential election
Experts have said it could send voters flocking to National Front leader Le Pen
She has called for foreigners monitored by intelligence services to be expelled
This is despite the fact the alleged ISIS gunman, Karim Cheurfi, was from France
Candidates in the election have cancelled or rescheduled final campaign events
By THOMAS BURROWS
21 April 2017
French Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve has today accused far-right candidate Marine Le Pen of ‘exploiting’ the Champs-Elysees terror attack to win votes ahead of Sunday’s presidential election.
In the wake of the shooting Le Pen called for foreign terror suspects to be expelled immediately and said it was a ‘ceaseless and merciless war’ against France which required ‘a presidency which acts and protects us’.
She claimed the outgoing Socialist government and its right-wing predecessor had ‘done everything to ensure that we lose’ the fight.
Responding to that, Cazeneuve, a Socialist, said Le Pen’s National Front (FN) ‘after each attack, seeks to exploit it and use it for purely political means.’
Experts believe the shooting last night could boost Le Pen’s chances of getting elected just days before France goes to the polls.