Nationalist firebrand Marine Le Pen has slammed French President Emmanuel Macron after five Afghan evacuees airlifted from Kabul to Paris were reportedly revealed to be known terror risks, being put under surveillance orders upon their arrival in the country to mitigate the threat they posed to national security.
One of the migrants involved is now being investigated by the French state for his alleged links to the radical Islamist Taliban, despite already being allowed into the country under the pretence that he is fleeing Taliban rule in Afghanistan.
It comes a day after it was reported by this website that several people on Britain’s ‘no fly’ list of known security threats had attempted to make it to Britain from Kabul – with one man successfully arriving in Birmingham where authorities let him free into the country claiming he is “not a person of interest”.
“The ‘duty’ of welcoming to France takes a back seat when the security of the French is threatened” fumed Ms Le Pen on social media network Twitter yesterday. “This imperative makes sense to all except for… the Government!”
Things are even more dire in the UK where it has been reported that illegal migrants, using the illegal Channel crossing route that has been facilitated by the UK’s own so-called Border Force, could now be smuggling deadly firearms into the country on dinghies.
Le Pen remains Mr Macron’s main political rival and will likely face him in the run-off for the presidency in next year’s blockbuster national elections, with every poll showing the pair topping the first broad-based round of voting set for 10 April next year.
And it’s set to be a much closer race in the 24 April run-off than it was in 2017, when Macron took two thirds of the vote, with one opinion poll this year suggesting it could come down to just a few percentage points.
Macron will be feeling the heat, with an exodus of support from traditional left-wing voters already becoming a cause for concern among his top political allies. A fresh round of migration and terror rows uniting voters on the French right could spell disaster for his hopes of a second term in office.