Donald Trump says Paris attack will help Marine Le Pen in French election video

Marine Le Pen, France's far-right presidential hopeful says her thoughts are with the families of the victims of terror attacks across Europe.

US President Donald Trump has waded into France's upcoming elections, saying he believes an attack on police officers this week will help Marine Le Pen, the far-right presidential candidate.

Trump said while he was not explicitly endorsing Le Pen, the attack played to her strengths.

"She's the strongest on borders and she's the strongest on what's been going on in France," Trump said.

An attack on Paris police officers will boost Marine Le Pen's chances of being elected French president, according to US ...
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An attack on Paris police officers will boost Marine Le Pen's chances of being elected French president, according to US leader Donald Trump.

"Whoever is the toughest on radical Islamic terrorism, and whoever is the toughest at the borders, will do well in the election.''

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US President Donald Trump said Marine Le Pen was the "strongest" French candidate on this issues of terror and border ...
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US President Donald Trump said Marine Le Pen was the "strongest" French candidate on this issues of terror and border control, but stopped short of explicitly endorsing her.

US presidents typically avoid weighing in on specific candidates running in overseas election. But Trump suggested his opinion was no different from an average observer, saying: "Everybody is making predictions on who is going to win. I'm no different than you."

The vote on Sunday [Monday NZ Time] is the first round in the French elections, with the top two candidates advancing to a runoff. The high-stakes contest is viewed as something of a vote on the future of the European Union, with Le Pen calling for a referendum on France's membership in the bloc.

Le Pen has also echoed some of Trump's hard-line rhetoric on immigration, calling for hardening French borders to stanch what she describes as an out-of-control flow of immigrants.

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French voters are soon to the polls to choose between presidential candidates including Emmanuel Macron, Jean-Luc ...

French voters are soon to the polls to choose between presidential candidates including Emmanuel Macron, Jean-Luc Melenchon, Benoit Hamon, Marine Le Pen and Francois Fillon.

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