Le Pen, Macron, clash on security in heated French election debate

By REUTERS
May 3, 2017 23:33
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PARIS - French far-right leader Marine Le Pen and her centrist rival Emmanuel Macron clashed on security in a heated debate ahead of Sunday's presidential election run-off, with Le Pen accusing Macron of being complacent on Islamist fundamentalism.

"You have no plan (on security) but you are indulgent with Islamist fundamentalism," Le Pen said during the televised debate, accusing Macron of being soft on security.

Macron retorted that terrorism would be his priority if he is elected on Sunday and accused Le Pen of being simplistic. "What you are proposing is snake oil," he said, referring to her proposals to close France's borders.

"You are telling lies," he said when Le Pen alleged he had links with controversial Muslim radicals. He accused her of sowing "civil war."

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