Marion Maréchal on Linking Arras Attack to Mass Immigration

As soon as the first elements of the profile of the man arrested after the Arras attack were known, the right and the extreme right with one voice called into question the responsibility of the government, guilty, according to them, of indolence on security and migration issues. “The Arras terrorist was a foreign S file, whose family should have been expelled in 2014, who should not have been on our soil,” the president of the National Rally was indignant on Twitter (renamed X), in reference to the Ingush origin of the suspect. Before asking for the resignation of Gérald Darmanin: “There were flaws throughout the chain of responsibilities, which should lead to the immediate resignation of the Minister of the Interior.” The RN group in the National Assembly demanded to hear the resident of Place Beauvau, believing that he “must now be held accountable and answer for his action”.

The boss of Les Républicains (LR), Eric Ciotti, asked Emmanuel Macron to “activate the state of emergency”, by mobilizing police and gendarmerie reservists. “Let’s not wait for France to be hit harder, we must act preventively,” continued the same person. Faced with Islamism and the mass immigration that contributes to fueling it, the government must no longer tremble.” The analysis linking the attack to immigration is shared indiscriminately by the hard right and the extreme right. “There is of course an obvious link between the murder that we are mourning today, massive immigration into our country, and the absence of an effective fight against radical Islamism,” argued Edwige Diaz, RN deputy of the Gironde, within the hemicycle, Friday October 13. On BFMTV, his colleague from Eure Kévin Mauvieux deplored the bill on immigration, carried by Darmanin and planned for the coming weeks “which provides for massive regularizations”, without recalling that the suspect was an asylum seeker and that the government text does not address this status.

Zemmour always further, Le Pen cautious

In a video posted on social networks, Eric Zemmour, leader of the Reconquest party, as always went further, conflating immigration, terrorism and Islam – and not Islamism, which he sees as a synonym for the Muslim religion. “Let’s stop immigration, let’s ban the Muslim Brotherhood, let’s expel Islamist S files, let’s not give another inch of ground to the Islamization of our country,” criticized the former presidential candidate. In unison with the RN and LR, who regularly demand the expulsion of foreign S files.

Taking her time, Marine Le Pen issued a cautious press release late in the afternoon. “If the current investigation will provide the elements to confirm the motivation of Islamist terrorism, this new attack at the heart of the school of the Republic arouses fear and reminds us to what extent our country is the permanent target of Islamist terrorism, this murderous fanaticism whose sole aim is our submission and our enslavement,” she writes, calling for “putting terrorists out of harm’s way and neutralizing all those who, through weakness, complacency or calculation, contribute to the spread of Islamist ideology.

Indictment of the left

As always, the far right sees left-wing associations and parties as accomplices of terrorism. “The far left will always side with those who work against our country and our civilization […] Let us make no mistake: let us be aware that they will always side with these jihadist human time bombs present on our soil” , attacked the RN deputy for Var Frank Giletti, targeting the mobilization of the Communist Party in 2014 in favor of the family of the suspect, aged 9 at the time, threatened with expulsion. “It is time to open our eyes to this fifth column of Islamist terrorism that is attacking us from within. And the time has come to also demand accountability from its friends on the far left who are its legal showcase,” threatens Laurent Wauquiez, LR president of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region, in a striking similarity of vocabulary. with the new RN senator from Seine-et-Marne, Aymeric Durox, demanding that “the Islamist fifth column be eradicated”.

This indictment of the left is coupled with a personal explanation for the RN. On Friday, Marine Le Pen was ordered to pay 500 euros to Cimade for having considered that humanitarian associations were “sometimes” “accomplices of smugglers”. Even if the MP’s comments concerned the situation in Mayotte, the mayor of Perpignan, Louis Aliot, took advantage of the attack to settle the scores of his boss and ex-partner. “The day when immigration associations are singled out for having obstructed the expulsion of the Chechen terrorist and his family, Marine Le Pen is condemned for defamation against Cimade […]. It’s a shame !” thundered the vice-president of the RN. Who does not seem to find it dishonorable to equate Cimade with Islamist terrorism?

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