Firefighters rushed to the building in central Paris at around 2:40am this morning when police sources said that the fire was “probably of criminal origin”.
The group “Fighting Xenophobie”- Fighting Racism, has admitted carrying out the attack by throwing Molotov cocktails at the building.
A campaign group tried to set the Front National building on fire
I am not surprised because the government of Francois Hollande has let them do it for months
The group’s spokesperson said: “This will continue every day until the election”.
The action only destroyed a door and a doormat of the building, which is not far from the l’Elysee.
Leader of the Front National, Marine Le Pen, was not in the building and said: “I didn’t know anything about it until the authorities contacted me.
The entrance of the building after the attack
Le Pens HQ was vandalised by protestors
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“These groups are the ones who destroyed businesses, burned cars in demonstrations, attack the police.
“I am not surprised because the government of Francois Hollande has let them do it for months.”
The Home Secretary, Matthias Fekl, said he is in contact with the Front National to potentially improve their security, saying the incident was “unacceptable”.
Ceux qui pensent nous intimider se trompent lourdement : rien n'arrête les patriotes français ! Notre détermination est totale. MLP
— Marine Le Pen (@MLP_officiel) April 13, 2017
Le Pen spoke about the arson attempt on French TV today
French candidate Francois Fillon was targeted by protesters with flour last week
Ms Le Pen has tweeted saying she will not be intimidated and she is still determined.
The first round of the election will be held on Sunday April 23 – Marine Le Pen is expected to make it to the second round of voting.
The presidential race is still very unpredictable with a sudden surge of support for the Socialist Jean-Luc Melenchon.