Marine Le Pen has criticised Hollande for leaving France at the brink of a
The Front National leader said the Government has been quick to "rush to the bedside of the very few victims of police violence without even waiting for… justice" – but are unable to quash the risk of a "real civil war" on the streets of Paris.
In a ruthless rant, Le Pen wrote: “In a state of emergency, it is completely irresponsible to let a protest against the police and alleged police violence take place.
“This government has remained unresponsive for years to scoundrels who make their laws in certain districts and do not hesitate to unleash their violence as soon as a demonstration gives them the opportunity.
“Is it necessary to say that the magistrates need a strong and effective police force in order to do their work?
“Must we remind them that this same police force, as well as the gendarmerie, now needs to be permanently changed?"
The presidential hopeful claimed French Magistrates Union is supposed to provide lessons of morality to countries across the world, but their inability to condemn the protests means their union essentially “despises forces of order”.
In a direct attack to her Hollande, she claimed the French president’s "calls for social peace" were made only to “make the French believe that the situation is under control”.
Shocking images as Paris erupts in violence Wed, February 15, 2017
Police in Paris are struggling to cope with the fall out from a plague of riots which have kicked off in the city’s northern suburbs.
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A man wearing a Guy Fawkes mask attends a protest against police brutality after a young black man, 22-year-old youth worker named Theo, was severly injured during his arrest earlier this month in Bobigny, as people gather at a demonstration in Paris
However the 48-year-old claimed that his desperate pleas “will leave France at risk of a real civil war".
Yesterday, 13 people were arrested along the fringes of Paris as more clashes broke out on Saturday and at least 250 people were arrested amid the nightly protests.
Dominque Sopo, the head of the anti-racism group SOS Racisme, told the Telegraph: “What happened to Théo isn’t an isolated case. It’s a structural problem of police violence that France must have the maturity to tackle.”
Young demonstrators kick gas canisters thrown by anti-riot police officers during scuffles
A new poll published on February 17 found that Le Pen is continuing to increase her lead and is expected to snatch 26 per cent of the first round of voting.
Emmanuel Macron and Francois Fillon are set to tie with 20 per cent of the vote each, according to the poll by PrésiTrack OpinionWay / ORPI for Les Echos and Radio Classique.
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