Popular French far right leader Marine Le Pen, pressing her anti-immigration platform, says the widely shared photo of a dead Syrian refugee is being used to make Europeans “feel guilty.”
In a sweeping speech at a National Front party gathering in Marseille, Le Pen decries what she calls a “migratory submersion” and European leaders being lax toward migrants.
She criticizes “politicians who throw the death of a child in your face,” referring to the photo of 3-year-old Aylan, who drowned trying to reach Greek islands last week.
The image has drawn greater attention to the plight of Syrians refugees.
The weekend gathering laid out policies before regional elections in December, after Le Pen kicked her father Jean-Marie Le Pen out of the party he founded.