Friday, 21 April 2017

French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen calls for closure of all Islamist mosques following terror attacks

French presidential candidate, Marine le Pen has demanded the closure of all Islamist mosques in the country following a deadly attack on a police bus in Paris on Thursday night that left one officer dead.

She made the call during a televised news conference on Friday as she urged the country to embark on a closure of all "Islamist" mosques in France as well as the expulsion of hate preachers and the reinstatement of French borders as soon as possible.

People on the French security services' watch list for radicalization should also be expelled from France and have their French citizenship revoked, she said. 

The Prime Minister, Bernard Cazeneuve, accused her of trying to capitalize on the attack.
"The candidate of the Front National, like every drama, seeks to profit from and to control the situation to divide. She seeks to benefit from fear for exclusively political ends," the Prime Minister said in a televised address.
The attack unfolded on the famed Champs-Elysees around 9 p.m. local time, when a car stopped in front of a police van. A man emerged from the car and opened fire on the van with an "automatic weapon," killing one officer instantly.

The man "then ran away, managing to shoot and wound two other policemen. Other policemen engaged and shot and killed the attacker.

Three of 11 presidential candidates have halted campaigning after the shooting, which came three days before French voters go to the polls.
ISIS through its media wing Amaq says the attacker was an Islamic State "fighter" they dubbed "the Belgian."
The gunman had a long criminal record, a source close to the investigation told CNN. He was the subject of a "Fiche S" surveillance file and was on the radar of the French domestic security service DGSI, the source said.

A French national, the man shot two officers in 2001 after being stopped by a police car, according to the source. He was taken into custody but while being questioned grabbed another officer's gun and shot him three times, the source added. He was convicted in that attack and had a criminal record because of involvement in violent robberies.

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