This is not the central theme of this between-two rounds and yet, the safety of the French remains an important element of the presidential campaign, for which the two candidates still in the running make sometimes similar proposals.
Emmanuel Macron: securing the “daily life”
After the first round, it was Emmanuel Macron who first drew the security theme, during a trip to Chatenois, in the Bas-Rhin, during which the president-candidate spoke of rurality. He mainly focuses his speech on “everyday safety” and in particular the ” doubling of the presence of law enforcement on public roads “, a measure presented at the end of the Beauvau of security which must enter within the framework of a programming law which was presented in mid-March to the Council of Ministers, providing for fifteen billion euros in additional budget.
The creation of 200 new gendarmerie brigades is also on its program.
For the rest, the LREM candidate highlights the actions carried out during his five-year term on burglaries, vehicle thefts, online hatred, “cold cases”, street harassment or terrorism.
He offers theextension of fixed fines, already in place for the consumption of narcotics and the occupation of building halls, to all “crimes that poison daily life”. These could be directly deducted from income.
For sensitive neighborhoods, Emmanuel Macron wants the constitution of a “republican action force” made up of police, gendarmes, magistrates, and educational teams to “urgently restore order”. He also wants “the possibility of supervision by the military” for juvenile offenders.
Its program also highlights cybersecurity, with the recruitment of 1,500 cyber patrol officers and the creation of an “anti-scam filter” which “will warn all Internet users in real time before they visit a potentially trapped site”.
On the justice side, he announces the recruitment of “8,500 additional magistrates and justice personnel by 2027”recalling that the budget for Place Vendôme has “increased like never in 20 years” under his five-year term.
Marine Le Pen: cracking down on crime more severely
Marine Le Pen, who says she wants to make the security of the French people the “first priority” of her five-year term, is also counting on a programming law which “will make it possible to increase the budget for security and justice by 1.5 billion euros per year for create 7,000 police and gendarme posts, 3,000 administrative staff posts”. The candidate of the National Rally thus intends to “put back an equivalent number of members of the police on the ground” and “double the number of magistrates to bring it to 20,000”to expedite criminal proceedings.
Its program, centered on a greater repression of delinquency, proposes “limit adjustments and reductions in sentence”, in particular for violence against persons. In this case, the adjustment will be “will be limited to convictions less than or equal to six months firm”.
To protect law enforcement, she proposes to set up a “presumption of self-defence”. She also wants to pass a law that will establish theobligation for municipalities with more than 10,000 inhabitants to have a municipal police.
Marine Le Pen also wants to come back to the Belloubet law of 2019 and relaunch theincarceration of persons sentenced to short prison terms. For minor offenders, it announces “harsh” sanctions, ranging from a fine to deprivation of liberty. “Each department will have at least one closed educational center”she adds.
Extension of the security period during which a convict cannot request adjustment of sentence and real life are also on the program.
Common points on Islamism or the protection of law enforcement
The two finalists of the second round come together to propose increased penalties for perpetrators of law enforcement offenses : deprivation of civil rights for Emmanuel Macron, and creation of “minimum sentences” for Marine Le Pen.
They also both want fight against islamism.
They also agree to build more prison places : Emmanuel Macron promises to continue the construction program for 15,000 additional places (there are currently just over 60,000), when Marine Le Pen wants to reach 85,000 places in 2027.
Source: Le Progrès : info et actu nationale et régionale – Rhône, Loire, Ain, Haute-Loire et Jura | Le Progrès by www.leprogres.fr.
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