Le Pen to rally supporters in Paris

14th November 2005, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Nov 13 (AFP) - The far-right leader of France's National Front Jean-Marie Le Pen is to speak at a rally of party supporters in central Paris Monday evening.

PARIS, Nov 13 (AFP) - The far-right leader of France's National Front Jean-Marie Le Pen is to speak at a rally of party supporters in central Paris Monday evening.

The rally, organised under the banner 'Immigration, Riots, Explosions in the Suburbs – Enough', is planned for 6:30pm at the Palais Royal near the Louvre museum.

Le Pen on Sunday blamed the rioting which has spread across the country on massive immigration into France, and criticized the government response as insufficient.

The riots "result from massive, uncontrolled immigration from the Third World," he said on the private radio station RTL1. "We knew it was a global time bomb."

France has been rocked by two weeks of car-burnings, arson attacks and rioting carried out mostly by young Arab and black residents of poor suburban high-rise estates, who complain of economic misery and racial discrimination.

Le Pen, 77, criticized government efforts to address such concerns as "not corresponding to the real problem."

However the leader of France's National Front party said he said he supported the introduction of emergency measures which allow municipalities hit by violence to impose curfews

Last week Le Pen called the rioting the "warning signs of civil war."

Le Pen was due to speak at a rally of party supporters in central Paris Monday evening.

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Subject: French news

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