Marine Le Pen has called for border protection in France amid London's terror attack yesterday
The leader of France’s nationalist Front National party told BFMTV and RMC radio that countries had to share intelligence and co-operate with each other to prevent further terrorist attacks, and called for all mosques with links to extremism to be shut down.
The presidential hopeful – who is currently registering high scores in French opinion polls ahead of the presidential election in April and May – added that convicted jihadists with dual nationality should be stripped of their French passports.
“The problem we have nowadays is this form of low-cost terrorism,” Mrs Le Pen added, referring to the growing threat from vehicle-ramming and knife attacks – methods favoured by Islamic State (ISIS) militants.
Mrs Le Pen also took to Twitter to express her distress: “To combat terrorism, we must control our borders and deport all radicalised foreigners!”
Marine wants to see convicted jihadists with a dual nationality have their French passports stripped
Messages of support poured into London from around the world yesterday after the jihadi terrorist mowed into a crowd of people on Westminster Bridge before storming the Palace of Westminster grounds, stabbing a policeman dead.
François Hollande believes Europe must get organised to protect themselves against terrorism
Former president Nicolas Sarkozy echoed Mrs Le Pen’s comments and said on Twitter that “the heart of democracy” had been “attacked;” as did France’s newly-appointed interior minister, Matthias Fekl.
Mr Fekl said: “The attack is a blow to the heart of democracy. France stands in solidarity and partnership with Britain.”
Four people died and many were injured in yesterday's London terror attack in Westminster How the front pages of newspapers are reporting the London terror attack Thu, March 23, 2017
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Outgoing president François Hollande also offered his support to France’s grief-stricken neighbour, and called for a “European response” to the war against terrorism.
He said: “Terrorism concerns us all, and France, which has been repeatedly brutalised, knows what the British people are suffering today… It is clear that it is at the European level, and even beyond that, that we must organise ourselves.”