The first French presidential TV debate occurred on 20 March 2017, having gathered five candidates : François Fillon, Benoît Hamon, Marine Le Pen, Emmanuel Macron, Jean-Luc Mélenchon.
On this occasion, the far-right candidate Le Pen has reiterated that she would hold a referendum for the withdrawal of France from the European Union and the eurozone if she is elected French president early May.
She argued the UK was doing well since the country voted last June for Britain to leave the European Union.
Fillon, the candidate of right-wing party Les Républicains, and Macron, candidate of En Marche!, challenged her and answered the UK has not been into Brexit’s negotiations yet.
Fillon, who recalled a Frexit would increase inflation in the country and ruin both borrowers and investors, has called Le Pen “a serial killer of purchasing power” with her proposal.
“You would lead the country into an economic chaos (by leaving the eurozone),” he claimed.
In order to back her argument, Le Pen has waved a chart (pictured) that aims to show divergences in productivity between Germany and other major countries of the eurozone, suggesting the euro was responsible for that.
The chart has since been contested and mocked on social networks.
At the moment, Le Pen is still leading the polls ahead of Macron and Fillon.