PARIS (ChurchMilitant.com) - A Muslim terrorist has once again struck the City of Lights, this time ahead of the most important election in French history.
A gunman killed a police officer Thursday and wounded two others on Paris' iconic boulevard, the Champs-Elysees, before being shot and killed by police. French media reported Friday that the suspect had been arrested in February on suspicion of plotting to kill police.
ISIS quickly claimed responsibility, saying the attacker, identified as Karim Cheurfi by French media, operated under the pseudonym Abu Yusuf al-Beljiki.
President Trump tweeted Friday, "Another terrorist attack in Paris. The people of France will not take much more of this. Will have a big effect on presidential election!"
Trump was referring to the French presidential election scheduled for April 23, currently led by Nationalist Marine Le Pen and the pro-European Union Socialist Emmanuel Macron.
Le Pen has based her campaign on opposing Islamist influence in France, which she has called a "barbaric and monstrous totalitarian ideology."
She tweeted Tuesday that she would "expel from France all foreigners who have been found guilty of an offense or of a crime." She has also vowed to impose a complete temporary immigration ban as president.
Thursday's Islamist terror attack likely boosts Le Pen's odds in the election. Le Pen reiterated her position on strong borders and national sovereignty following the attack.
Her main opponent for the presidency, Emmanuel Macron, took a different tone about the attack, telling French radio, "This threat, this imponderable problem, is part of our daily lives for the years to come. I would like to express all my support for our police forces and more generally the forces of law and order. I am particularly thinking of the victim's family."
Globalist forces in France and around the world have sought to derail Le Pen's bid. "Computer glitches" have led to problems delivering ballots to a half million voters residing outside of France, where support for Le Pen is expected to be strong.
American officials are now making claims about Russian interference in the French election, insinuating that Le Pen, like her American populist counterpart President Donald Trump, is an agent of the Kremlin.
France's widespread adoption of contraceptives and gender equality has depleted the population of native Frenchmen. In turn, the population boom seen among Muslim immigrants and first-generation communities, along with the influx of Muslim migrants, means democratic opposition to Islamism will not long be feasible in the once-Catholic country.
Le Pen has not been silent about the Catholic Church's involvement in the election. Last week she criticized Pope Francis for his advocacy of accepting more Muslim migrants and questioned why the pontiff was heavily involved in French political affairs.
Said Le Pen, "I have a strong faith and I am fortunate in that I have never doubted it. However, I admit that I am angry with the Church because I think that it interferes in everything except what it should really be concerned with."