Firefighters were called to the scene on the Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honore in central Paris at about 2:40 am local time (0040 GMT). No one was injured in the incident, as the blaze was quickly extinguished. A police source said the cause of the fire was “not natural and probably criminal.”
A fire department spokesman said that the fire had damaged only the door and a doormat. Police sources added that vandals had also sprayed graffiti against Le Pen’s far-right Front National party on the building.
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A group calling itself “Fight Xenophobia” contacted the French Agence France Presse (AFP) news agency to claim responsibility for the attack, adding that it had been carried out with “Molotov cocktails.”
Le Pen accuses leftist groups
The police said they had launched an investigation into the incident; however, Front National presidential candidate Marine Le Pen told public broadcaster France-2 television that investigators had not contacted her or her campaign.
“I assume this is due to a small leftist group,” she said during the interview. “These groups act in total impunity,” she added, saying that the government should endeavor to dissolve them.