President Donald Trump responded to yesterday’s terrorist attack in Paris by suggesting that it would have a “big effect” on the looming French presidential election.
Another terrorist attack in Paris. The people of France will not take much more of this. Will have a big effect on presidential election!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 21, 2017
On Thursday night, the Champs-Elysées was shut down after a French police officer was killed by an attacker. President Francois Hollande declared that the attack was terror-related, and ISIS has claimed responsibility for the murder.
France is on the verge of entering a critical phase of their next presidential election. Far-right leader Marine Le Pen is one of the leading contenders in Sunday’s first round of voting. New York Times reports that she responded to the incident by blasting Islam, calling for increased security, and saying all foreign terror suspects must be deported from France.
Her chief rival, the centrist Emmanuel Macron, said that such terrorism in France, “will be a fact of daily life in the coming years.”
It is not completely clear if Trump’s comments were a nod to Le Pen, though this wouldn’t be the first time he involved himself in international politics. In 2016, Trump declared support for the United Kingdom’s decision to leave the European Union, and he declared himself “Mr. Brexit” after the British movement succeeded.
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