Marine Le Pen branded multiculturalism a 'weapon' to Islamic extremists
The French presidential hopeful said a multicultural society is a “multi-conflict” society in a speech where she set out her vision to combat terrorism in France.
Ms Le Pen, leader of the anti-European Union Front National, said: “I want every French person, no matter where they are in France, to maintain their liberty and their rights that Islamic fundamentalists want to deny them.
“Multiculturalism is the soft weapon of Islamic fundamentalists, which is allowed by useful idiots under the guise of tolerance.”
Ms Le Pen made the comments at a rally in Paris on Monday
Mrs Le Pen also vowed to form a single anti-terrorism police force if elected president.
She told supporters in Paris: “We can’t allow sleeper cells in France.
“So often after attacks, we find out that the police knew about the individuals involved.”
The 48-year-old’s strong comments come as a terror expert warned that Europe will see more deadly jihadi attacks in the future.
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Marine Le Pen is a French politician who is the president of the National Front, a national-conservative political party in France and one of its main political forces.
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Described as more democratic and republican than her nationalist father, she has led a movement of "de-demonization of the Front National" to detoxify it and soften its image
We can’t allow sleeper cells in France
Marine Le Pen
Peter Neumann, head of the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation at King's College London, warned that the fanatics who carry out the carnage could be home grown, as Islamic State is encouraging supporters in the West to strike out.
Ms Le Pen is one of the frontrunners to become the president of France in May.
Ms Le Pen's main rival is independent centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron
Current polls suggest Ms Le Pen is neck-and-neck with her closest competitor, centrist Emmanuel Macron, ahead of the first round of voting on April 23.
The same polls point to Ms Le Pen losing to former Socialist Party minister Macron in the election’s second round on May 7.
But the value of the Euro plunged yesterday after the odds of Ms Le Pen winning the presidency moved to 27 per cent.
And the likelihood of conservative Francois Fillon moving into the Elysee palace sits at just 20 per cent.