Immigration and the fight against crime and terrorism, are both areas in which about one in two French people imagine that National Rally leader Marine Le Pen would cope better than French President Emmanuelle Macron, according to a survey conducted by Elabe.
Some 54 percent of French citizens believe that Le Pen would do a much better job in terms of confronting illegal migration and other issues relating to migration such as rising crime.
On that issue, 52 percent of respondents say that Le Pen would solve the issue of rising crime better than Macron.
Le Pen, however, lost out to Macron on inequalities (she received only 41 percent), social protection and education (36 percent each) and employment (34 percent).
The survey also showed that 74 percent of respondents called Le Pen an authoritarian leader, and that 61 percent considered her arrogant.
However, 59 percent of respondents were impressed by her dynamism, and 56 percent by her courage.
Le Pen is currently campaigning for the European elections in May. She told a rally over the weekend: “Let’s stop being the idiots of the world village! The healthy anger of the Yellow Vests is a revolt of the employees and the middle class against globalisation.”
Le Pen added: “The right exchange is an international trade that refuses the reign of the so-called social, environmental or health, [it is] that which favors local productions, which ensures traceability and therefore guarantees quality.”
She riled against American imperialism. “The imperialism of American law, this submission to their interests, only serves to remind us of the impotence of the European Union and the inconsistency of the Europeanists. They will be held accountable,” the National Rally leader exclaimed.
Meanwhile, a major challenge in the context of the fight against terrorism, is facing French law enforcement. According to FranceInfo, agents of the Directorate General of Internal Security (DGSI) arrested a 21-year-old individual on January 21 in Roanne (Loire). The young man is suspected of being one of the main propagandists in France for the Islamic State.
The suspect is very close to an individual that is a member of the terrorist organisation based in Syria. According to the details obtained by FranceInfo, he was sent pictures and videos of propaganda.
The young man then broadcast them. The terrorist organisation spreads its propaganda around the world via national relays. Investigators found more than 1 400 such documents on the suspect’s phone.
The 21-year-old has been indicted in a proceeding initiated by the Paris anti-terrorist prosecutor’s office and placed in pre-trial detention.