‘We are at war, it’s us or them’: French presidential candidates battle to sound toughest on terror ahead of Sunday’s election with voters expected to flock to far-right leader Marine Le Pen following police shooting
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
France’s Thatcherite candidate Francois Fillon has said ‘we are at war…it’s us or them’ in the wake of the Champs-Elysees terror attack as voters are expected to flock to National Front leader Marine Le Pen in Sunday’s presidential election.
Fillon, who penned a pre-election book called ‘Beating Islamic Totalitarianism’, declared that ‘the fight against terrorism must be the absolute priority of the next president’.
Vowing to ‘destroy Islamic State’, he added: ‘We are at war, there is no alternative, it’s us or them.’
Following the shooting far-right candidate 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.
The leading candidates clashed over how to keep citizens safe in the wake of the killing of a policeman by a suspected Islamist militant in an attack that rocked France’s presidential election with just two days to go before voters go to the polls.