France’s far-right National Front leader Marine Le Pen has called for the death penalty after the Paris Terror Attack.
The leader of France’s rightwing Front National (FN), Marine Le Pen, has announced she would hold a referendum to reintroduce the death penalty if she wins France’s 2017 presidential election.
“I personally believe that the death penalty should exist in our legal arsenal,” Le Pen told French TV 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) January 8, 2015
The announcement followed comments regarding “Islamic fundamentalism,” which she said “causes thousands of deaths every day worldwide.”
Le Pen further said she would speak to French President Francois Hollande about radical Islam and measures needed to protect “the countrymen.”
The last execution occurred in France in 1977. Capital punishment was officially abolished in 1981, although 62 percent of the French population supported it at the time, according to a poll conducted by TNS Sofres. Support for the death penalty, however, has subsequently dropped off.