National Rally leader Marine Le Pen called for greater support for police and the eradication of Islamism in the wake of Friday’s terror attack which killed a female police worker.
A Tunisian migrant knifeman slit the throat of the administrative worker, named by police as 49-year-old Stephanie M, at a police station in Rambouillet on Friday afternoon, shouting “Allahu Akbar” as he murdered the mum-of-two.
Frontrunner to battle Emmanuel Macron in next year’s presidential election, Le Pen, expressed her “infinite sadness” for the victim and her family, and for “all policiers who, for weeks, have been insulted and defamed”.
“We must come back to reason: support our police, expel the illegals and eradicate Islamism”, Le Pen wrote on social media shortly after the attack.
The same horrors follow one another, the same infinite sadness when thinking of the relatives and colleagues of this murdered policewoman, the same profiles guilty of this barbarism, the same Islamist motives … We can’t take it anymore,” she added.
The firebrand nationalist also questioned how the Tunisian migrant was allowed to still reside in France, despite arriving illegally in 2009 before being given leave to remain in 2019.
“How could a man who has remained underground for 10 years in our territory be regularized? Why are the hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants present in France not expelled?” asked Le Pen.
She also retweeted a fellow French conservative who called on the nation to “simply stop importing terrorists”.
The French people appear to be warming once again to the outspoken nationalist with all 21 major polls this year resulting in a run-off between herself and incumbent Macron in next April’s presidential election.
The latest polling suggests the National Rally leader will join Macron in the second round but she would lose by a slim margin, 46% to 54%, although the gap has been closing in recent weeks.
Despite the fact that Le Pen has somewhat softened her stance towards the European Union, she no longer advocates a total withdrawal from the bloc but remains firmly Eurosceptic. A Le Pen win in 2022 would send shockwaves through Brussels and across Europe.