France's Le Pen: Send migrants back across Mediterranean

France's Le Pen: Send migrants back across Mediterranean


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PARIS (AP) — Far right National Front leader Marine Le Pen says France should send migrants back across the Mediterranean Sea to stop them from taking dangerous boats to European shores.

Criticizing European immigration policy, she said on Europe-1 radio Sunday that France should send migrants back to their port of departure so "traffickers know that no migrant will come ashore on our coasts."

European ships rescued nearly 3,700 migrants on Saturday alone.

Le Pen also said her outspoken father, party founder Jean-Marie Le Pen, "should no longer speak in the name of the National Front."

Jean-Marie Le Pen is facing a party disciplinary board Monday for his anti-Semitic remarks. His daughter, leading the party since 2011, has cleaned up its image as she aims for the French presidency.

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