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Le Pen: ‘We are going to build a wall and Algeria is going to pay!’

A satirical piece suggested that Front National personalities who have been praising president Donald Trump's wall, have decided to construct a wall on the "border" with Algeria, but it is now reported as a fact.

Published: February 17, 2017, 10:01 am

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    A fake news story, meant as a joke, appeared on the satirical French website Le Gorafi.

    The article suggests that Front National personalities who have been praising president Donald Trump’s wall, have decided to construct a wall on the “border” with Algeria.

    Such a “wall” would be somewhat difficult to build, as the Mediterranean sea lies between the two countries.

    “Indeed, for the Front National candidate, the similarities are numerous and incontestable: ‘Both countries are hot, violent, economically and socially backward…I could continue for hours. Frankly, apart from the language, I don’t see much difference: it’s clear that Algeria is our Mexico,’ she declared during her campaign.

    And like her American counterpart, she certainly doesn’t intend to finance the project from public funds – Marine Le Pen made her commitment yesterday, declaring that she wanted to force Algeria to confront its responsibilities. Except that, in contrast to the United States, financing the construction by placing a surcharge on Algerian exports does not seem possible: “misery, delinquency and radical Islam are unfortunately not taxable,” regretted the FN president. “I therefore invite President Bouteflika to get together the sum of 9.36 billion euros as quickly as possible and send it to me via bank transfer or a postal order to the following address.”

    The joke was then picked up by the Algerian newspaper El Hayat and reported as fact.

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