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Le Pen 'blames Islamic extremism' for shootings

The presidential candidate for the National Front Marine Le Pen has told an Israeli radio station that the shootings in Toulouse confirm her fears about Islamic fundamentalism taking hold in France, according to French newspaper Le Figaro. She is quoted as saying:

The discovery of the killer only confirms what I denounced for years: namely the development of Islamic fundamentalism in our country, which is underestimated by the Government. Entire neighborhoods in the suburbs are under the influence of fundamentalists.

Le Pen is one of President Nicolas Sarkozy's main rivals in April's general election.

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