Le Pen's programme detailed
Far-right presidential candidate Jean-Marie Le Pen has certainly made his xenophobic ideas plain. But what does his election programme actually contain?
A brash former paratrooper who has been convicted seven times for making racist, anti-Semitic and defamatory comments, 73-year-old National Front leader Jean-Marie Le Pen is an old-fashioned nationalist with a simple approach to the problems of crime and unemployment.
Were he to win the 5 May second round run-off against the conservative incumbent Jacques Chirac, Le Pen would begin his crusade by trying to pull France out of the European Union, of which it was a founding member and remains a dominant figure.
But he insists: "I am not an enemy of Europe, I am a partisan of a Europe of nations, a Europe of homelands. I am, however, an adversary of a supranational federalising Europe."
Among his other policies are:
- withdrawing from the 12-nation euro and restoring the French franc as the national currency.
- expelling all illegal immigrants, ending legal immigration, imposing strict border controls and abolishing the right to dual nationality.
- reintroducing the death penalty.
- outlawing abortion and genetic experimentation.
- expanding and further empowering the police force.
- creating 200,000 new prison places.
- banning same-sex unions, which were recognised as legal by the current Socialist government.
- cutting income tax with an eye to its eventual abolition.
- increasing discipline in schools with the reintroduction of "morality" classes and banning the wearing of all religious headwear.
- introducing a "French first" clause into the constitution, giving French citizens priority in housing and jobs.
- creating a two-tier welfare benefit system, one for the French and one for foreigners working in France, so that foreigners' care is not financed by French money.
- providing incentives to French women to stay at home and have children to stem the trend of the falling birthrate.
- reforming the 35-hour week, introduced by the current Socialist government, and making people work longer hours.
- increasing the defence budget.