Le Pen fears immigrants may become hostile force (Adds Le Pen radio statement) PARIS, April 9 (Reuter) - Extreme rightist presidential candidate Jean-Marie Le Pen said on Sunday he feared immigrants from Third World countries could become a hostile force inside France. ``A new danger has been born...linked to the demographic explosion of the Moslem world and to (Islamic) fundamentalism which uses this phenomenom to project itself forward,'' Le Pen told Radio Luxembourg. ``Never before have we had anything that so resembled a potential fifth column as this presence of (nationals of) certain foreign countries in our midst,'' he said. His statement was expected to draw criticism as inciting hatred towards millions of North African Arab immigrants in France. Le Pen, credited with about 12 percent in opinion polls ahead of the April 23 first round vote, has campaigned for the expulsion of immigrants from France, especially those from Third World countries. Police arrested two members of Le Pen's National Front (FN) on Sunday after a man was injured in the latest of a string of violent incidents involving the extreme rightist party. State radio said the two were arrested following a late night incident on Friday when FN men beat up a man in an eastern district of Paris. Three other FN men are in jail in the southern port of Marseille for shooting dead a teenager of African origin in February. Le Pen's son-in-law and another FN man were given suspended jail sentences last month after clashes between rightists and students in the southwestern town of Auch. Police said the rightists used tear-gas sprays and pick-axe handles.
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