Marine Le Pen: ‘Low-cost’ London attack shows France must ‘control’ borders

Marine Le Pen, French National Front (FN) political party leader and candidate for French 2017 presidential election, addresses supporters during a political rally in Metz, France, March 18, 2017.

Wednesday’s terror attack in London shows the importance of protecting and controlling national borders, far-right French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen has said.

“The problem we have nowadays is this form of low-cost terrorism,” said Le Pen said on RMC radio . “We must control our borders.”

The attack on Westminster left four people dead and dozens injured, including some who are still in critical condition.

A lone assailant rammed into people with a 4×4 on Westminster bridge before crashing into gates surrounding parliament and attacking a police officer with a knife.

Le Pen added that it was essential to step up security measures as the threat of “radicalised personalities who act alone without the networks” is rising. She also urged countries to co-operate with each other on sharing intelligence.

During her campaign she has also advocated closing down certain mosques that have links to extremism and said she would revoke the French nationality of those with more than one passport who were guilty of committing attacks.

Le Pen is hoping to become France’s next president during the elections in April and May and has been campaigning on an anti-immigrant, anti-refugee platform. She advocates leaving the EU and reestablishing national borders.

After the first televised debate on Monday, polls show that her main rival, centrist Emmanuel Macron was ahead of her by 1% in voting intentions for the first round of the elections with 26%. In the second round, polls indicate Macron would beat Le Pen with 65% of the votes.

Macron tweeted about the London attacks too , saying that terrorism hit every country and “showed the necessity for us to work together against those horrible acts.” In another tweet, he said he was in favour of “extremely reinforced cooperation in terms of defence and exchange of information at the European level.”

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