Former Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier unveiled his project to strengthen security by establishing a new public security ministry.
According to Barnier, the insecurity of the right-wing Les Républicains (LR) party’s candidates is “the main failure” of Emmanuel Macron’s mandate.
To remedy this, if he is elected in 2022, Barnier intends to set up “a ministry of public security with authority over the police, the gendarmerie and the prison administration”.
“We need an electroshock of authority to protect every citizen, to punish quickly from the first offence, to enforce sentences and to make the forces of law and order be respected”, said Barnier.
Barnier intends to create 20,000 new prison places in five years, arm municipal police officers and recruit new magistrates.
He also believes that police officers should be more mobilised in the field: “I want more police officers in the streets, less in the offices. (…) And the code of criminal procedure must be radically simplified to facilitate investigations.”
Barnier wants to declare war on drug trafficking by creating a “national anti-drug prosecutor’s office to ruthlessly tackle trafficking and international networks”.
Finally, Barnier wants to “expel all foreigners representing a serious threat to public order” to fight radical Islam.
Facing Barnier in the race for the LR nomination is the favourite Xavier Bertrand and the president of the Ile-de-France region, Valérie Pécresse.
The Republicans will designate their candidate on 4 December following a two-round vote.
(Clara Bauer-Babef | EURACTIV.fr)