Donald Trump declared that the recent terrorist attack in Paris would boost the chances of the right-wing presidential candidate, Marine Le Pen, after a recent poll showed a modest uptick in support, saying “Whoever is the toughest on radical Islamic terrorism, and whoever is the toughest at the borders, will do well in the election.”
Marine Le Pen has been critical of both the mainstream left and right in France for refusing to get tough on Islamism and has called for France to instantly reinstate border checks and to deport foreigners on terrorist watch lists. Le Pen has struggled of late to get her campaign to focus on her Party’s core issues of security, Islam, and Immigration.
From The Telegraph:
“We need a presidency which acts and protects us,” she said from her Paris campaign headquarters. Elected French president, I would immediately, and with no hesitation, carry out the battle plan against Islamist terrorism and against judicial laxity.”
This recent act of terror in France allows Le Pen to play to her strengths, and highlights the need for more border security and tougher immigration enforcement.