Élisabeth Borne on Tuesday accused the National Rally of "fuelling controversy" and voting "against" anti-terrorism measures, after the deadly knife attack on Saturday in Paris, which put the executive under pressure in the face of the jihadist threat.
"You pretend to be unaware that a good part of the terrorists are of immigrant origin because that would call into question the past and present responsibilities in the migratory flood that we are suffering," Marine Le Pen had first castigated during questions to the government in the National Assembly. The RN presidential candidate has called for the expulsion of foreign terrorists and the forfeiture of dual nationals, as is the case of the attacker on the Bir-Hakeim bridge.
Attack in Paris: "With each attack, the same questions: we discover a known perpetrator, spotted, monitored, and the French deplore the fact that nothing has been done to neutralize him," said @MLP_officiel. She denounced the "political and media diversions"#DirectAN #QAG pic.twitter.com/nkIT7LWj1T
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"When France is affected, there are those who act responsibly. And then there are you and your party who, once again, are rushing in with the sole aim of fuelling controversy," the Prime Minister replied. The death of Thomas, a young rugby player stabbed in Crépol (Drôme) on 11 November, has been the subject of political recuperation. Ultra-right demonstrations have been banned in several cities in France.
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The RN "has systematically opposed measures to strengthen the protection of the French" and "to strengthen our fight against terrorism", Elisabeth Borne added, accusing the RN of not having voted in recent years several anti-terrorism laws, including the creation of an offence of separatism in 2021. "We are acting, you are arguing," the Prime Minister concluded.