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Macron vs Le Pen: Quotes from the presidential debate

French President Emmanuel Macron, prospect for his re-election, and French significantly-correct Rassemblement National celebration presidential applicant Marine Le Pen sit prior to getting component in a French presidential election debate, in Saint-Denis, north of Paris, France April 20, 2022. Ludovic Marin/Pool by way of REUTERS

PARIS, April 20 (Reuters) – President Emmanuel Macron and far-suitable challenger Marine Le Pen squared off in a discussion on Wednesday night, 4 times ahead of the April 24 presidential runoff vote. L2N2WI0UR

In this article are some key rates from Macron and Le Pen as they introduced their remaining bid to encourage undecided French voters.

Le Pen:

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“I want to ban the veil in the community space. I consider the veil is a uniform imposed by Islamists and I imagine that the majority of younger women of all ages who don it are unable to do or else.”


“You will generate a civil war in the suburbs, Madame Le Pen.”

“How lots of police officers will have to run behind females to enforce the veil ban?”


Le Pen:

“All over the place I go, such as in the deepest countryside, I have folks telling me ‘we can not consider it anymore’.”

“We will need to solve the difficulty of massive and anarchic immigration.”

France requires a referendum on immigration “so that the French choose who will come, who stays and who leaves.”


“You dwell exclusively off panic, Madame Le Pen, and resentment.”

“A referendum would transform nothing, it is dependent on the cooperation of other nations.”


“There is no way out of fossil fuels that relies solely on nuclear. Your approach is not workable.”

“Even while we have electrical power wants now, you are not telling me how we will cope with shifting past fossil fuels, how we will lessen our dependence on Russian fuel.”

Le Pen”

“I am in no way a weather sceptic. But you, you are anything of a weather hypocrite.”

“Free of charge trade kills the world.”

“You have absolutely changed your tune on nuclear electric power… We have wasted 10 decades destabilising a nuclear market that desired to be strengthened to make this carbon-no cost electricity supply the moment once again the foundation for our electricity blend.”



“I do not want to enhance our taxes, I do not want to increase our debt, I even want to commence shelling out it off more than the upcoming 5 years. So I want us to work extra, a pillar of which would be to thrust back again the legal retirement age by four months a yr until finally we achieve 65 in 2031.”

Le Pen:

“All those people who had their initially appropriate career prior to the age of 20 will be in a position to retire at 60.”

In reaction to Macron’s proposal: “You foresee that no one will be in a position toenjoy a complete retirement.”


“Five a long time ago, your programme was only applicable if France still left the euro (currency). Currently, you nevertheless want to get out of it but you never say so anymore.”

“I believe that in the Franco-German couple.”

“We have built (COVID-19) vaccines that secure us thanks to our European agreements.”

Le Pen:

“France is a earth electric power not just a European ability.”

“I want the European Fee to regard sovereign nations, to regard the selection of the French persons, like their alternative of culture.”

“So I want to improve this European organisation. But I you should not want to leave it.”

Le Pen on vitality sanctions:

“The only sanctions I disagree with is the blocking of Russian oil and fuel imports. Why do I disagree? Simply because in actuality it will do no hurt to Russia and will do great harm to our people today.”

“We simply cannot dedicate hara-kiri in the hope of hurting Russia.”

Macron on Le Pen’s Russia ties:

“You are dependent on energy, you are dependent on (Russian President Vladimir) Putin. You took a financial loan from a Russian financial institution.”

“You you should not converse to other leaders, you discuss to your banker when you discuss to Russia, that’s the difficulty.”

Le Pen:

“I’ve found the men and women undergo, I have observed them get worried, worry about a downgrading in their high-quality of daily life, about a type of precariousness that they feels is prevalent.

“All you do is hand out cheques … my priority is to give French people today their dollars again.”


“I really don’t want people today listening to us to believe their salaries will increase by 10%”

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Reporting by Tassilo Hummel and Layli Foroudi Editing by Richard Lough

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