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Fri Apr 21, 2017, 01:55 PM

Trump Says Paris Attack Will Have Big Effect on French Election





PARIS — President Trump inserted himself into the tumult of French politics on Friday, declaring that the fatal shooting of a police officer in central Paris would have “a big effect” when voters go to the polls on Sunday to choose among 11 presidential candidates.

Mr. Trump did not mention any candidates by name. But his statement on Twitter — “The people of France will not take much more of this. Will have a big effect on presidential election!” — came at the tail end of a tight, fragmented race, with at least four contenders running neck and neck.

One of them, Marine Le Pen, the far-right candidate, has issued grim warnings that a declining France is losing its identity, echoing Mr. Trump’s themes during the American presidential race last year. It was not clear, however, that Mr. Trump’s statement would help her among undecided voters.

In a statement on Friday, Ms. Le Pen blamed “radical Islam” — “a monstrous, totalitarian ideology that has declared war on our nation, on reason, on civilization” — for the attack Thursday night.


https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/21/world/europe/paris-champs-elysees-gunman.html

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Reply Trump Says Paris Attack Will Have Big Effect on French Election (Original post)
spanone Apr 21 OP
Delphinus Apr 21 #1
spanone Apr 21 #2
okieinpain Apr 21 #3
ck4829 Apr 21 #4
Initech Apr 21 #8
Eyeball_Kid Apr 21 #7
Qutzupalotl Apr 21 #13
itcfish Apr 21 #11
Eliot Rosewater Apr 21 #5
spanone Apr 21 #6
JustAnotherGen Apr 21 #9
smirkymonkey Apr 21 #10
WoonTars Apr 21 #14
JustAnotherGen Apr 21 #12
WoonTars Apr 21 #15
Name removed Apr 21 #16

Response to spanone (Original post)

Fri Apr 21, 2017, 01:59 PM

1. Unfortunately,

that's probably a true statement. Marine Le Pen could very easily come into power.

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Response to Delphinus (Reply #1)

Fri Apr 21, 2017, 02:01 PM

2. wishful thinking on his part.

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Response to Delphinus (Reply #1)

Fri Apr 21, 2017, 02:02 PM

3. agreed, never understood what terrorist get out of the

possibility of not being allowed to travel. i would think they would want to people to leave their areas making it easier for them to control it.

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Response to Delphinus (Reply #1)

Fri Apr 21, 2017, 02:03 PM

4. Hopefully, the French voters won't appease terrorists and Putin by voting for Le Pen

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Response to ck4829 (Reply #4)

Fri Apr 21, 2017, 02:18 PM

8. I hope the French learn the mistakes of Brexit and Trump.

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Response to Delphinus (Reply #1)

Fri Apr 21, 2017, 02:16 PM

7. It's fascinating given that...

anyone who can read is already informed that Le Pen is backed by Putin, and that Putin is a French ADVERSARY.

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Response to Eyeball_Kid (Reply #7)

Fri Apr 21, 2017, 02:45 PM

13. True, but that was also true here in 2016. n/t

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Response to Delphinus (Reply #1)

Fri Apr 21, 2017, 02:26 PM

11. Could not have

Come at a better time for LePen

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Response to spanone (Original post)

Fri Apr 21, 2017, 02:11 PM

5. The attack was orchestrated by Putin.

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Response to Eliot Rosewater (Reply #5)

Fri Apr 21, 2017, 02:12 PM

6. a plausible scenario

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Response to Eliot Rosewater (Reply #5)

Fri Apr 21, 2017, 02:24 PM

9. ITA

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Response to spanone (Original post)

Fri Apr 21, 2017, 02:26 PM

10. How does he know?

Is he rigging that one too?

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Response to smirkymonkey (Reply #10)

Fri Apr 21, 2017, 02:48 PM

14. Right?

...

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Response to spanone (Original post)

Fri Apr 21, 2017, 02:29 PM

12. I've spent enough time in the homes of French people

And been close enough to know - they don't like being told what to do or what they will do.

Let's see how this plays out. . .

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Response to spanone (Original post)

Fri Apr 21, 2017, 02:49 PM

15. Talking out of his ass again. It may have an impact, but not that much.

Certainly not enough to swing the electorate one way or the other.

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