‘We are at war, it’s us or them’: French presidential candidates battle to sound toughest on terror
France’s Thatcherite candidate Francois Fillon has said ‘we are at war…it’s us or them’ in the wake of the Champs-Elysees terror attack as voters are expected to flock to National Front leader Marine Le Pen in Sunday’s presidential election.
Fillon, who penned a pre-election book called ‘Beating Islamic Totalitarianism’, declared that ‘the fight against terrorism must be the absolute priority of the next president’.
Vowing to ‘destroy Islamic State‘, he added: ‘We are at war, there is no alternative, it’s us or them.’
Following the shooting far-right candidate Le Pen called for foreign terror suspects to be expelled immediately and said it was a ‘ceaseless and merciless war’ against France which required ‘a presidency which acts and protects us’.
She claimed the outgoing Socialist government and its right-wing predecessor had ‘done everything to ensure that we lose’ the fight.
The leading candidates clashed over how to keep citizens safe in the wake of the killing of a policeman by a suspected Islamist militant in an attack that rocked France’s presidential election with just two days to go before voters go to the polls.