France’s Le Pen wants tougher N.Africa migrant action

ROME, March 15 (Reuters) – The leader of France’s far right National Front party blasted the “cowardice” of European leaders on Tuesday in the face of a likely wave of immigration into the EU from the turbulence in North Africa.

Buoyed by opinion polls that show her making big advances ahead of next year’s presidential election, Marine Le Pen said the thousands of migrants arriving in Italy in recent weeks pointed to more problems ahead.

“The reality is that they don’t want to see that what is happening in Lampedusa is probably the forerunner of very large scale immigration,” she told reporters in Rome following a visit to the tiny island off the coast of Sicily on Monday.

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