Paris Attack Could Have Huge Impact on French Election

The latest Paris attack that resulted in the death of one police officer and the wounding of two others has renewed the nation’s concern on the growing number of terrorist attacks. One candidate is promising to tighten the borders and refugee program and crack down on Muslim refugees and locally recruited and grown terrorists. President Trump said the timing of the latest shooting could have a huge impact on this weekend’s election, especially for Marine Le Pen.

President Trump inserted himself into the tumult of French politics on Friday, declaring that the fatal shooting of a police officer in central Paris would have “a big effect” when voters go to the polls on Sunday to choose among 11 presidential candidates.

Mr. Trump did not mention any candidates by name. But his statement on Twitter — “The people of France will not take much more of this. Will have a big effect on presidential election!” — came at the tail end of a tight, fragmented race, with at least four contenders running neck and neck.

One of them, Marine Le Pen, the far-right candidate, has issued grim warnings that a declining France is losing its identity, echoing Mr. Trump’s themes during the American presidential race last year. It was not clear, however, that Mr. Trump’s statement would help her among undecided voters.

Le Pen has been called the Donald Trump of France for her ultra conservative political views. France has had liberals and socialists running the government long enough. It’s about time they also had a conservative in the President’s office and allow her to try to stop or reduce some of the Islamic terrorist activities in her country.

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