Rabat – One day following the terrorist attack on the Paris offices of French satirical weekly Magazine Charlie Hebdo, France’s National Front Leader, Marine Le Pen, has announced she would call for a referendum to reintroduce the death penalty in France if she becomes president.
“I personally believe that the death penalty should exist in our legal arsenal,” she told television channel France 2.
“I always said that I would offer French citizens the possibility to express themselves on the topic through a referendum,” she added.
“Je veux offrir aux Français un référendum sur la peine de mort. A titre personnel, je pense que cette possibilité doit exister.” #France2
— Marine Le Pen (@MLP_officiel) 8 Janvier 2015
Le Pen said that her demands to revive the capital punishment in France stem from “the infiltration level of radical Islam in our territory.” She also said that she will hold a meeting with President Francois Hollande on Friday in order to discuss measures needed to protect “the countrymen” from future tragedies.
Death penalty was officially outlawed in France in 1981. The last execution using the guillotine occurred in 1977.
The leader of rightwing National Front made a speech after the Wednesday attack on Charlie Hebdo that claimed the lives of 12 people.
“We must not be scared of saying the words: this is a terrorist attack carried out in the name of radical Islam,” Le Pen said.
“Time is up for denial and hypocrisy. The absolute rejection of Islamic fundamentalism must be proclaimed loudly,” she added.