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French rightist says photo of dead Kurdish boy aimed at exploiting emotions

By Alexandra Di Stefano Pironti 6/9/2015
Marine Le Pen. AFP file photo.
Marine Le Pen. AFP file photo.

BARCELONA, Spain – French far right leader Marine Le Pen charged Sunday that the widely-shared picture of a three-year-old Kurdish boy, who drowned as his desperate migrant family was trying to reach Greece, was aimed at exploiting emotions.

During a speech at a gathering of her National Front party Le Pen placed her emphasis on immigration and terrorism, raising a standing ovation, the French newspaper Le Monde reported.

“They (politicians) want us to stop thinking. We have no lessons to learn, especially when they throw you the death of a child in the face to further their sinister project,” she remonstrated.

The controversial leader was referring to the news agency photograph of Alan Kurdi, whose lifeless little body, face down in the sand on a beach in Turkey from where his family had left in a boat of other refugees hoping to make it to Greece, brought home the tragedy of the migrants for many around the world.

The boy died with his brother, who was a year older, and their mother. They were hoping to reach Canada to join a relative.

Europe is facing a refugee crisis of immense proportions, as desperate Syrians and Iraqis try to flee death and destruction in their countries.

Thousands of refugees arrived in Germany on Sunday, as European Union leaders argued in Luxembourg over how to share the burden of an influx that has spiked dramatically over the past several weeks.

"Immigration is a fundamental problem,” Le Pen declared. “Immigration is not a chance, it is a burden!"

She claimed there was a direct link between runaway immigration and a rise in terrorist acts in recent years.

"On this issue as on others, the National Front becomes the compass of the French, as it is on Islamic fundamentalism, which further increases by this out of control immigration," stressed Le Pen.

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TakeItGirl | 6/9/2015
French didn't think too much about immigration or state sovereignty when they were, alongside the British, invading and raping counties for their resources. Now they are on the receiving end, they are squealing like a pig. You reap what you sow, you fked the middle east for over 200 yrs, now you reap.
JamKurd | 6/9/2015
I feel sorry for the French having to listen to this crackpot racist bigot woman and deal with Terrorists who r committing atrocities in France, Iraq and Syria in the name is Islam.
kurdish natinalist | 6/9/2015
She is leder of crminell trorrist organtion of natinal front,she should killed like dogs in street.
Dryasiulia | 6/9/2015
The immigrants say: "I WANT IT!" The Europeans say: "We Owe You It!" Le Pen says: "Suleiman shall have his dream fulfilled!"
Le Pin Fits Better In The I.S. | 6/9/2015
This irresponsable and sinister women does not deserve not evenlook to at her vulgare and ugly inhumana face.She should join the Islamist Jihad where she truly fits.
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