Marine Le Pen Calls for Mosque Surveillance in France

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French far-right Front National party president Marine Le Pen (L) and Front national party's member of Parliament Gilbert Collard (R), Jan. 11, 2015.Credit: AFP

French far right leader Marine Le Pen wants a tough response to last week's terrorist attacks, including surveillance of mosques and military service for children to stop youth radicalization.

Le Pen's National Front party, which has long denounced what it calls the "Islamization" of France, has seen its support rise steadily in recent years.

After attacks by radical French gunmen last week, she told journalists Friday that France is facing an enemy from within.

She urged a global response, including "immediate" suspension of Europe's border-free travel accords, monitoring of mosques and sermons, as well as school uniforms and military service for boys and girls.

Many in France's five-million-strong Muslim community fear a backlash after the attacks by the gunmen, who claimed allegiance to Al-Qaida and the Islamic State (ISIS) group.

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