A member of the inner circle of Marine Le Pen, the leader of the National Front of France, said that she may copy President Donald Trump’s current temporary travel ban for seven Muslim countries should she be elected president of France. Steeve Briois said that authoritarian measures are needed, even if they are shocking. In a report by AFP, he said, “Why not?” He added, “We not living in the word of Care Bears anymore. We are in a horrible world.”
 
Briois continued, “So from time to time we must take authoritarian measures, even if they shock.” Briois is currently the mayor of Henin-Beaumont, a town in northern France. “It is true that the United States is also a target for jihadists, so if Trump wants to protect it by forbidding the arrival of these people from these countries, he is free to do that. Obviously, it is unfortunate for those who have nothing to do with that.”
 
In December 2015, Trump said, in the wake of deadly terrorist attacks in France and the United States, that Paris and London contained no-go zones that had been taken over by Muslims. Trump said, “They have sections in Paris which are radicalized where they police refuse to go there because they're petrified. We have places in London and other places that are so radicalized the police are afraid for their own lives.”
 
Marine Le Pen is currently predicted to win the first round of the May presidential election, but then to lose heavily in the second round. She has suggested that citizens of former African colonies should be denied residential status in France.

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Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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