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Le Pen talks about a referendum on the death penalty in France

Populist presidential candidate Marine Le Pen has raised the possibility of a referendum that could see the death penalty return to France.

The populist candidate of the Rassemblement national (National Rally) had already promised the French people that a “referendum revolution” would take place in France if she were elected the country’s first female president, which would lead to sweeping changes in national politics, all set to the public. vote.

Now, according to a report by The Independent, Le Pen elaborated on the issues that could arise in such referendums, agreeing that a general vote on bringing back the death penalty would certainly be on the cards.

“The issue of the death penalty could go through a referendum, everything could go through a referendum,” the right-wing populist reportedly said, stressing that there was “no forbidden debate in a democracy.”

Such a move would create a clash with the European Union and the European Court of Human Rights, both institutions banning capital punishment.

While Le Pen seemed lukewarm about the real possibility of the return of the death penalty in France, rival candidate Emmanuel Macron appears to have been furious at the very idea that a referendum could be held on the issue.

Attacking Le Pen, the outgoing French president denounced the populist as an authoritarian who would only be against the death penalty if she could “put people in prison for life”.

Macron also spoke out against Le Pen’s promise to end wind farms covering France, a promise which, if implemented, would lead to the dismantling of existing infrastructure – which he called an “aberration “.

“In Madame Le Pen’s project, I was astonished to discover (…) that hundreds of millions of euros would be spent to dismantle existing wind turbines, which I must say is a use of the ‘taxpayer’s money that I question,’ Macron said of the possibility of a moratorium on wind power.

“Getting out of renewable energies is a total aberration, we would be the only country in the world to do so,” he said.

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