“We are no longer in the world of the Care Bears. We are in a horrible world, so sometimes you have to take measures of authority, even if it shocks.” said Steeve Briois, the National Front party’s vice president and a member of Le Pen’s campaign
France could implement a travel ban similar to the one in the United States if far-right National Front candidate Marine Le Pen is elected president this spring, a party leader said Monday.
President Trump on Friday signed orders to not only suspend admission of all refugees into the United States for 120 days but also to implement “new vetting measures” to screen out “radical Islamic terrorists.” Refugee entry from Syria, however, would be suspended indefinitely, and all travel from Syria and six other nations — Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen — is suspended for 90 days.
Steeve Briois, the National Front party’s vice president and a member of Le Pen’s campaign, told Agence France-Presse that they would certainly be open to copying Trump’s ban in France.
“And why not?” said Briois, who also is the mayor of Henin-Beaumont, a city about 125 miles north of Paris. “We are no longer in the world of the Care Bears. We are in a horrible world, so sometimes you have to take measures of authority, even if it shocks.”
Trump also said he would give priority to Christian refugees over those of other religions, according to the Christian Broadcasting Network. The president and his supporters have continued to insist it is not a ban on Muslims.
Throughout the weekend, the order sowed confusion at numerous airports as travelers from the affected countries were denied entry. The ban also drew lawsuits, massive protests and sharp rebukes from domestic lawmakers and leaders around the world.
“All is going well,” Trump said.
Despite the chaos, Briois on Monday said it was Trump’s prerogative to enact such a ban.
“It is true that the United States are a target for jihadists so if [Trump] wishes to protect himself by barring entry on his territory for people from those countries, that is his right,” Briois told AFP. “It is unfortunate for those [caught up in the ban] who have nothing to do with it.”
Le Pen has not spoken publicly about the travel ban, according to the Local. Since the beginning of her campaign, she has maintained that she wants to pull France out of the European Union, reinforce the country’s borders and crack down on immigration.