Former French prime minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin said the West must unite to fight terror
The ex-French prime minister told Europe 1 radio: “I’m terrified. But we all know that hate has no boundaries. But what makes this particularly hard to fathom is that fact that this was an attack on innocent youths, an attack on culture and on democracy. And so right now, the world’s largest democracies must stick together and remain united.
Mr Raffarin was speaking in the wake of the Manchester Arena bombing which took place on Monday
“All our thoughts are with the young people who were killed or injured in the attack and with their families. And with all the victims of terrorism, who have all had to learn to live with pain. But we cannot let terrorists strip us of our dignity. We must keep fighting terrorism."
Salman Ramadan Abedi, 22, a British citizen of Libyan descent, killed 22 people and injured 59 more after he detonated an improvised explosive device in the foyer of Manchester Arena at the end of an Ariana Grande concert.
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Mr Raffarin, a former prime minister under right-winger Jacques Chirac, also commented on centrist Emmanuel Macron’s landslide victory against Marine Le Pen, the leader of France’s far-right Front National party, in the French presidential election earlier this month.
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We cannot let terrorists strip us of our dignity. We must keep fighting terrorism
He said: “France has gotten its shine back thanks to Mr Macron. And his win against Mrs Le Pen has boosted France’s reputation abroad. Mr Macron, a 39-year-old reformist, is a breath of fresh air.”
“All eyes were on France. The world was afraid of the Front National.
He also commented on Emmanuel Macron's landslide victory in the presidential election
"Because Mrs Le Pen’s protectionist policies would have turned the country inwards.
"She would have tried to pull France out of the eurozone, a move which would have led to its collapse. But with Mrs Le Pen’s defeat, support for far-right populist parties is finally waning. By voting for Mr Macron, French voters said no to extremism."
Mr Macron, a staunch Europhile, won the French presidential election with more than 66 per cent of the vote and has vowed to “transform” France.