With 35 days to go before the first round of the French presidential elections, five candidates will face off tonight in the first TV debate. The campaign is being closely watched around the world and its outcome is eagerly awaited. International news TV channel France 24 will broadcast the debate live on its English and Arabic channels at 9pm* (Paris time) on Monday 20th March. The candidates taking part will be François Fillon (of the opposition right Les Républicains), Benoît Hamon (of the Socialist Party), Marine Le Pen (of the far-right National Front), Emmanuel Macron (of the centrist En Marche! movement) and Jean-Luc Mélenchon (of the far-left La France Insoumise coalition).

In an exclusive, France 24 will provide live coverage and simultaneous translation in English and Arabic of the debate which will be broadcast on French TV channel TF1, and moderated by journalists Anne-Claire Coudray and Gilles Bouleau.

The candidates will cross swords on three key issues:

–       “Which social model for France?” – for a discussion about education, the environment, safety and immigration.

–       “Which economic model for France?” – for their views on tax, weekly working hours and unemployment. 

–       “What is France’s place in the world?” – for their positions on the future of Europe, relations with Russia and the United States, and France’s role in the fight against international terrorism.

*Paris time

About France 24, a France Médias Monde channel

France 24, the international news channel, broadcasts 24/7 to 325 million homes around the world in French, Arabic and English. The three channels have a combined weekly viewership of 50.9 million viewers (measured in 65 of the 183 countries where the channel is broadcast). From its newsroom in Paris, France 24 gives a French perspective on global affairs through a network of 142 correspondent bureaus located in nearly every country. It is available via cable, satellite, DTT, ADSL, on mobile phones, tablets and connected TVs, as well as on YouTube in three languages. Every month, France 24’s digital platforms attract 16.5 million visits, 36.5 million video views (2016 average) and 31.1 million followers on Facebook and Twitter (January 2017). france24.com

Press contact :  Amal Hmimed – ahmimed@france24.com – num : +33 1 84 22 74 15 

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