President Emmanuel Macron has taken steps to reform drug laws amid concerns that France has seen a continuous rise in drug use despite having some of the strictest narcotics laws in Europe. But is the country ready for a radical new approach?
The government has unveiled proposals to address the concerns of prison guards, who continued striking for a 12th day on Friday over security and low pay. But advocates of reform say the measures will do little to tackle France’s prison crisis.
Wikileaks and far-right activists helped facilitate the spread of the “MacronLeaks” documents on social media as France entered a legally mandated pre-election media blackout ahead of Sunday’s presidential vote.
Now in the final stretch before a decisive May 7 presidential vote, France is seeing parallels with the political mood in the United States just before the November upset that propelled Donald Trump to the presidency.
Former premier François Fillon won the conservative primary on Sunday to become Les Républicains’ candidate for the 2017 presidential election. A social conservative and a proponent of the free market, he is known as “France’s Margaret Thatcher”.