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French presidential candidate Eva Joly has received a possible death threat: a menacing letter containing a bullet, AFP reports.”These past weeks, in January, there has been several letters with threats, including one with a revolver bullet,” Stephane Sitbon-Gomez, Joly’s campaign director, told AFP.
Calling it the “unpleasant hazard of a campaign”, Sitbon-Gomez said they did not want to publicize the incident or victimize Joly. He added that the Europe Ecology-Green Party candidate had upped her security detail, and would now receive protection from the two bodyguards of the elite SPHP force, which protects senior politicians, Europe 1 reports.
Joly, 68, is undeterred by the threats, and intends to stand for elections in April, according to the BBC.
The campaign trail has not been easy for Joly, who was born Gro Eva Farseth in Norway. Moving to France at the age of 20, she settled down there and became a magistrate. She has reportedly received death threats in the 1990s when she was an investigative judge.
Her Norwegian roots and her policies have made her a favourite target for citizens and politicians alike, The Local reports. Her party is the lowest in the polls, two months before the elections, according to Europe 1.
Marine Le Pen, the far-right presidential candidate, has even called her policies “francophobic”.
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