PARIS (Reuters) – Valerie Pecresse, the presidential candidate for the conservative Les Republicains party, has emerged as one of Emmanuel Macron’s most serious challengers in April’s election.

Here are her main policy proposals

– Immigration quotas per country and per type of job

– No automatic right to French citizenship for those born in France of foreign parents

– Asylum demands should be made only at French embassies abroad or at the border

– Stiffen judicial sentences in tough neighbourhoods where police are under pressure

– Cut red tape in the judicial system; build more prisons

– Ban women accompanying their children on school trips from wearing a Muslim headscarf

– Close down any mosque whose preacher is hostile to France

– Make radicalisation a firing offence from any job

– End the 35-hour work week, giving workers the right to negotiate working hours

– Raise the retirement age to 65 from 62

– Cut 150,000 public sector jobs by slashing 200,000 jobs and hiring 50,000 people in health, security and education; reduce unemployment benefits

– Sell the state’s minority stakes in private companies

– Bring debt down to 100% of GDP by 2027 from an estimated 115.6% in 2021

– Step up sanctions for insulting or assaulting a teacher; give more autonomy to headmasters

– Give family allowances to all parents, independently of income

– Increase the threshold for tax-free donations to children and grandchildren

– “Constructive dialogue” with the United States

– “Strategic and firm dialogue” with China and Russia;

– Hire more border guards for the EU’s Frontext border agency

– Pro-EU but would reserve the right to stop EU case law from infringing on France’s values

– Back plans for a European carbon tax at the EU’s borders

– Build at least six new nuclear reactors to help meet greenhouse emission targets

(Compiled by Ingrid Melander; Editing by Andrew Heavens)

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