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Fillon pledges to fight against 'Islamist totalitarianism'

Friday 21-04 - 12:47 PM
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 Francois Fillon
Francois Fillon and Marine Le Pen attend a special prime time political show on Thursday - Reuters
Paris - Francois Fillon has suspended his presidential campaign in the wake of the Paris shooting which killed one policeman and injured another, with just two days to go until the bitterly-fought first round vote, Harriet Alexander from The Telegraph reported today Friday.

Radical Islam is challenging our values

Thursday attack in
Thursday attack in Paris - Photo Credit: Reuters

Seizing on Thursday night's killing of a police officer in an attack claimed by Islamic State, Fillon, who is lagging in opinion polls behind centrist Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen of the far right, told reporters:

"This battle for the freedom and security of the French must be the priority of the next government. It will require an unyielding determination and a cool head."

"Radical Islam is challenging our values and our strength of character."

Fillon, who has been campaigning on a hardline security platform, said: "We are at war, there is no alternative, it's us or them."

He added that the priority of his foreign policy would be to "destroy Islamic State."

Le Pen: Against immigration and Islamic fundamentalism

Le Pen: Against immigration
The French contender’s decision came amid a wave of sympathy from leaders around the world, with US president Donald Trump expressing dismay that terrorists had struck again, and sending his condolences to the French people.

Mr Fillon, a conservative who has campaigned against "Islamic totalitarianism," said on France 2 television that he was cancelling his planned campaign stops on Friday.

His far-Right rival Marine Le Pen, who campaigns against immigration and Islamic fundamentalism, took to Twitter to offer her sympathy for law enforcement officers "once again targeted." 

Speaking after a television appearance, she said she was "deeply angry" as well as sad for the police victims "because not everything is done to protect our compatriots. They need more than our compassion."

Centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron offered his thoughts to the family of the dead officer, while Socialist Benoit Hamon tweeted his "full support" to police against terrorism.
Fillon pledges to

Centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron offered his thoughts to the family of the dead officer, while Socialist Benoit Hamon tweeted his "full support" to police against terrorism.

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