Au revoir, France. Let us wear upon our sleeves the crepe of mourning as a great nation commits suicide.
“Macron stretches lead in last throes of French presidential campaign,” by Mathieu Rosemain and Andrew Callus, Reuters, May 5, 2017:
Centrist French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron extended his lead in the polls over his far-right rival Marine Le Pen on Friday, the final day of campaigning in a tumultuous election race that has turned the country’s politics upside down….
The National Front’s Le Pen would close borders and quit the euro currency, while independent Macron, who has never held elected office, wants closer European cooperation and an open economy….
An Ifop-Fiducial survey on Friday afternoon, hours before official campaigning closed at midnight, showed Macron on course to win 63 percent of votes in the second round and Le Pen 37 percent, the best score for Macron recorded by a major polling organization since mid-April….
“ISIS urges its French supporters to ‘burn polling stations and murder candidates,'” Ynet News, May 5, 2017:
ISIS published an article in its magazine Rumiyah on Thursday, telling all Muslims who support it to carry out attacks in France on Sunday, when millions of French people are to vote for either centrist Emmanuel Macron and far-right candidate Marine Le Pen, in the country’s second round in the current presidential election.
“‘Don’t forget your duty as a Muslim. Choose a candidate to kill & polling station to burn,” the magazine article states. ISIS supporters are urged to put their faith in Allah and rise up to act against them.
The article also says that in the current election, the question is not who of the “two devils” is worse. “They are idolaters,” states the article, calling on its readers not to stand on the sidelines and wait, but destroy polling stations and have no pity for anyone who does not belong to their faith….”
And it’s already happening: “ISIS flag and pledge allegedly found in car of French military base suspect,” AFP, May 5, 2017:
French authorities arrested a suspected radical on Friday close to an airbase, finding guns nearby as well as an allegiance pledge to ISIS and several of the group’s flags in his car, sources close to the case said.
The pledge was on a computer flash drive discovered, along with the flags, in the ex-soldier’s vehicle.
A shotgun and two vintage pistols were also discovered hidden near the base in Evreux, which is northwest of Paris, the sources said.
The discovery comes two days before France votes in the presidential election run-off.
Police arrested the suspect early Friday after finding his car near the base. Paris anti-terror prosecutors are investigating, but it is not clear why he was in the area.
The suspect, who was born in 1983, converted to Islam and has been under close surveillance since 2014 due to his radicalisation….