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PARIS ATTACKS: Opposition party leader says France is soft on security


National Front party president Marine Le Pen speaks at a press conference in Nanterre, France, on Saturday.

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French National Front party leader Marine Le Pen on Saturday said that the French government badly needed to toughen up on security following the attacks in Paris that left at least 129 people dead.

“The nation must remain united,” she said in response to French President Francois Hollande’s call for the nation to stand united across the political spectrum in the face of the tragedy.

“Beyond words, only forceful relentless action can protect the French and maintain this unity. France and the French are no longer safe ... urgent measures are needed,” she said.

Saying that France had become “vulnerable,” she called for militant Muslim organizations to be banned and radical mosques closed.

“Foreigners who preach hatred must be expelled, as well as illegals who have nothing to do here,” she said.

Earlier, opposition leader and former French president Nicolas Sarkozy also emphasized the need for tight security.

“The terrorists have engaged in war with France,” he said. “The war we must wage must be total, our duty is to take the extreme seriousness of the situation into account and draw the consequences, in terms of action.”

The coordinated attacks in Paris claimed by the Islamic State group left seven attackers dead and injured 352 people, 99 of them in critical state.

A Syrian passport was found near the remains of one suicide bomber, the Paris prosecutor said, while another was identified as a French national previously known to the nation’s intelligence services.

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