Will prison van ambush put law and order at heart of EU elections in France?

Opposition has seized upon killings that shine spotlight on two big issues: prisons crisis and violent drug trade

As police continued to hunt the gunmen who killed two prison guards at a Normandy toll booth and freed a convict linked to gangland drug killings, the debate on law and order in France has intensified before next month’s European elections.

Both Gérald Darmanin, the hardline interior minister, and Jordan Bardella, the far-right president of Marine Le Pen’s National Rally, used the same dramatic vocabulary to warn of “savagery” in French society.

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