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 French election: Candidates turn fire on EU in last TV pitch
 Thursday 20 April, 2017
French election: Candidates turn fire on EU in last TV pitch

Marine Le Pen has called for France to take back powers from the EU, saying she wants to "give back to the French the keys of the house".

The far-right leader, one of 11 candidates standing for the French presidency, is taking part in the race's final set-piece TV encounter.

Speaking earlier, radical leftist Jean-Luc Melenchon said the EU must change or France would leave.

Each candidate is being interviewed individually for 15 minutes.

Opinion polls indicate that the race has tightened while around 30% of voters have still to decide.

Marine Le Pen has called for France to take back powers from the EU, saying she wants to "give back to the French the keys of the house".

The far-right leader, one of 11 candidates standing for the French presidency, is taking part in the race's final set-piece TV encounter.

Speaking earlier, radical leftist Jean-Luc Melenchon said the EU must change or France would leave.

Each candidate is being interviewed individually for 15 minutes.

Opinion polls indicate that the race has tightened while around 30% of voters have still to decide.

As she delivered her line about keys, Ms Le Pen dangled a key before viewers.

She called for withdrawal from the euro "to restore competitiveness".

On terrorism, a major concern for France after attacks claimed by so-called Islamic State, she said "hate-preaching imams" and foreigners who are on a police security watch list should be expelled.

When Mr Melenchon was asked if France should leave the EU, he replied: "We change it or we leave it." He said he believed in an "independent France orientated towards peace".

Asked about his controversial tax plans, he said: "We are actually going to tax incomes above 400,000 euros [335,000; $429,000] a year at 90%".

Source: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-39658606

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