French presidential candidates debate key election issues – live!


Five frontrunners outline programmes on social, economic and international issues on primetime TV

8.36pm GMT

Le Pen says 12,500 police and gendarmerie posts were cut under the presidency of Nicolas Sarkozy. The security forces must be strengthened, she says.

She wants to create an extra 40,000 prison places, and stiffer penalties. Victims don’t understand why sentences are so short, she says.

8.28pm GMT

Le Pen says 50% of primary school time must be devoted to learning French and lessons in children’s mother tongues should be scrapped.

She too says professional training must be improved, and accuses the education ministry of neglecting this.

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March 20th, 2017 by