Not even 12 hours after the attack of a lone terrorist on the Champs-Elysées in the heart of Paris, immediately claimed by ISIS, Marine Le Pen flew with unusual ferocity, like a vulture, onto the coffin of the poor policeman who was killed in the incident. The candidate of the historical right, the conservative Francois Fillon, did the same, as though contending prey up for grabs: the fear of a population about to elect the head of the next government.
But Marine Le Pen was particularly “programmatic.” She was already speaking as if she were France’s president-elect.
She alternated repressive and ideological demands, such as to define the French institutional transformation. State of war; expulsion of those indicted under the symbol “S”; closed borders; and giving up on “naiveté, innocence, and laxity”; closing the “Islamic mosques,” which would not be financed by “public or foreign sources”; and no right to citizenship for Muslims.
She was expertly and irresponsibly mixing terrorism and migrants. As if they were the same thing. For a “war we cannot lose,” concluded Marine Le Pen, wallowing naturally into the macroscopic holes of the French secret services, after Charlie Hebdo, Bataclan and Nice. According to the declaration of the Interior Ministry, the secret services were forced to admit they knew about the bomber; they had him under investigation.