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    The French National Front Party leader bashed Prime Minister Manuel Valls' plan as "completely off the point". She proposed more rigid measures such as re-establishing national borders and curbing immigration levels.

    MOSCOW, January 21 (Sputnik) — French National Front Party leader Marine Le Pen lashed out at the country’s Prime Minister Manuel Valls after he revealed his anti-terrorism plan on Wednesday.

    “Manuel Valls’ speech was completely off the point. He did not say a word on the key issues that create favorable circumstances for fundamentalism and help it spread: the absence of borders within the Schengen zone, mass immigration and communitarianism, as well as international policies that support the sponsors of terrorists,” Le Pen said in a statement published on the party's website.

    Earlier in the day, Valls unveiled a new package of anti-terrorist measures, which includes the allocation of $490 million to counter terrorism, the creation of new jobs in intelligence, and the improvement of French security services protection.

    Le Pen calls for more radical measures, such as re-establishing national borders and curbing immigration levels.

    Terrorist threat has become a matter of special concern for French authorities following a wave of terror attacks that struck the Paris area in January. On January 7, terrorists attacked the Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine's office. The following day a French female police officer was killed by a gunman believed to have links with Islamic State, while on January 9 the same gunman killed four hostages in a kosher supermarket.

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