French candidate Marine Le Pen wants freeze on visas, then a tax for foreign workers

(AP Photo/Kamil Zihnioglu) Far-right candidate for the presidential election Marine Le Pen speaks during a campaign meeting in Paris, France, Monday, April 17, 2017. As France’s unpredictable presidential campaign nears its finish with no clear front-runner, centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron and far-right leader Marine Le Pen hope to rally big crowds in Paris with their rival visions for Europe’s future.

Le Pen, who has campaigned against immigration and Europe’s open borders, also wants to impose a 10-per cent tax on labour contracts that go to foreigners and use reservists at the frontiers.

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PARIS — French far right candidate Marine Le Pen hardened her tone Tuesday as voting approached, promising to expel foreign extremists, freeze long-term visas and take back control of France’s borders.

The economy is front and centre for the candidates, and centrist Emmanuel Macron again pledged Tuesday to revisit the famously complex work laws he said are holding back employment.

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“We cannot fight the terrorism that weighs on our country without controlling our borders,” Le Pen said.
Polls show Le Pen is among four leading French candidates, with no clear front-runner. The top two candidates advance to a May 7 runoff.

Before Sunday’s first-round election, Le Pen told RTL radio that she would issue an order to freeze long-term visas for a two-week period so the government can verify, among other things, that the recipients aren’t taking jobs away from French citizens.