Trump predicts Paris attack will have 'big effect' on France's election


President Donald Trump is taking the unusual step of weighing in publicly ahead of a foreign presidential election, predicting that the latest attack in Paris will have a “big effect” on voters there.

“Another terrorist attack in Paris. The people of France will not take much more of this. Will have a big effect on presidential election!” he tweeted.

On Thursday, an attacker in Paris used an automatic weapon to shoot officers in the center of the Champs-Elysees. One officer was killed, as was the gunman, and the Islamic State claimed responsibility.

Trump, in a break with his predecessors, has not been shy in casting terror attacks in political terms. In November 2015, he took to Twitter to blame France’s strict control laws for an Islamic State terror attack at multiple sites in Paris and its suburbs that left 137 people dead.



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