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Mexico presidential candidates offer little detail to address country's violence in final debate

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Mexico presidential candidates offer little detail to address country's violence in final debate
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Mexico presidential candidates offer little detail to address country's violence in final debate

2024-05-20 12:24 Last Updated At:16:37

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Less than two weeks from national elections, opposition presidential candidate Xóchitl Gálvez hit away on security, one of Mexico's most stubborn challenges, in her final debate Sunday night with governing party candidate Claudia Sheinbaum.

Sheinbaum, the frontrunner in the race, defended the security record of her mentor, outgoing President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, while Gálvez accused the administration of playing nice with the country’s powerful drug cartels.

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Members of Mexico's military hold the Mexican flag before an opposition rally at the Zocalo, Mexico City's main square, Sunday, May 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Ginnette Riquelme)

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Less than two weeks from national elections, opposition presidential candidate Xóchitl Gálvez hit away on security, one of Mexico's most stubborn challenges, in her final debate Sunday night with governing party candidate Claudia Sheinbaum.

People participate at an opposition rally ahead of the June 2 presidential elections, in the Zocalo, Mexico City, Sunday, May 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Ginnette Riquelme)

People participate at an opposition rally ahead of the June 2 presidential elections, in the Zocalo, Mexico City, Sunday, May 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Ginnette Riquelme)

Presidential candidate Xochitl Galvez, right, sings the anthem alongside Santiago Taboada, candidate for Mexico City's chief of government, in an opposition rally ahead of June 2 general elections in the Zocalo, Mexico City's main square, Sunday, May 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Ginnette Riquelme)

Presidential candidate Xochitl Galvez, right, sings the anthem alongside Santiago Taboada, candidate for Mexico City's chief of government, in an opposition rally ahead of June 2 general elections in the Zocalo, Mexico City's main square, Sunday, May 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Ginnette Riquelme)

People participate in an opposition rally ahead of the June 2 presidential elections, at the Zocalo, Mexico City's main square, Sunday, May 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Ginnette Riquelme)

People participate in an opposition rally ahead of the June 2 presidential elections, at the Zocalo, Mexico City's main square, Sunday, May 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Ginnette Riquelme)

Mexican presidential candidate Xochitl Galvez gestures at an opposition rally to encourage voting ahead of the June 2 presidential elections, in the Zocalo, Mexico City's main square, Sunday, May 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Ginnette Riquelme)

Mexican presidential candidate Xochitl Galvez gestures at an opposition rally to encourage voting ahead of the June 2 presidential elections, in the Zocalo, Mexico City's main square, Sunday, May 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Ginnette Riquelme)

A person holds a sign that reads "we are all the same Mexico" at an opposition rally called to encourage voting ahead of the June 2 presidential elections, in the Zocalo, Mexico City's main square, Sunday, May 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Ginnette Riquelme)

A person holds a sign that reads "we are all the same Mexico" at an opposition rally called to encourage voting ahead of the June 2 presidential elections, in the Zocalo, Mexico City's main square, Sunday, May 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Ginnette Riquelme)

Mexican presidential candidate Xochitl Galvez speaks at an opposition rally to encourage voting ahead of the June 2 presidential elections, in the Zocalo, Mexico City, Sunday, May 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Ginnette Riquelme)

Mexican presidential candidate Xochitl Galvez speaks at an opposition rally to encourage voting ahead of the June 2 presidential elections, in the Zocalo, Mexico City, Sunday, May 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Ginnette Riquelme)

Mexican presidential candidate Xochitl Galvez speaks at an opposition rally to encourage voting ahead of the June 2 presidential elections, in the main square, Mexico City, Sunday, May 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Ginnette Riquelme)

Mexican presidential candidate Xochitl Galvez speaks at an opposition rally to encourage voting ahead of the June 2 presidential elections, in the main square, Mexico City, Sunday, May 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Ginnette Riquelme)

Mexican opposition supporters hold up a flag during a rally, protesting what they claim are attempts by President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador to divide the country, in the Zocalo, Mexico City, Sunday, May 19, 2024. Mexico is set to hold general elections June 2.

Mexican opposition supporters hold up a flag during a rally, protesting what they claim are attempts by President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador to divide the country, in the Zocalo, Mexico City, Sunday, May 19, 2024. Mexico is set to hold general elections June 2.

“What has been this administration’s strategy? Give the country to organized crime,” said Gálvez, a former senator and tech entrepreneur.

But Sheinbaum, a former Mexico City mayor and climate scientist, maintained the conservative strategy that she employed in two previous debates, not taking the bait when Gálvez attacked.

Gálvez promised to keep and strengthen the National Guard that López Obrador created, but also strengthen state and local police forces.

“Hugs for criminals are over,” she said in reference to López Obrador’s oft-repeated slogan, “Hugs, not bullets.”

She also promised to personally lead the meetings of the National Search Commission, which is supposed to help locate the 100,000 Mexicans listed as missing.

Both candidates said they would lean heavily on the National Guard, saying they would continue to expand it. In one potential difference, Gálvez said she wants it under civilian leadership.

Sheinbaum promised to continue López Obrador’s efforts to address the social ills that he says feed cartel recruitment.

“The drug war continued until President Andrés Manuel López Obrador arrived and changed the policy of declaring war to building peace,” Sheinbaum said.

Sheinbaum did not make any major stumbles and it seemed unlikely Gálvez would eat into the comfortable lead that Sheinbaum has maintained in polls in recent months.

Jorge Álvarez Máynez of the small Citizen Movement party continued to focus his attention on the country’s youth, repeating his promises of a five-day work week and more spaces in public universities.

He has trailed Sheinbaum and Gálvez who are vying to become Mexico’s first woman president in the June 2 election.

Mexico is extremely polarized ahead of the June 2 presidential election. López Obrador regularly rails against reporters, the middle class, businessmen and people he calls “individualists” and social climbers.

Earlier Sunday, tens of thousands of mostly opposition supporters protested against the president in the capital's vast colonial-era main plaza.

The protesters carried signs saying “We are Mexicans,” referring to what they claim are attempts by López Obrador to divide the country.

The protest was originally called to defend independent electoral agencies that the president wants to reduce or de-fund. But many protesters carried banners supporting Gálvez.

Mexican presidents are limited to a single six-year term.

Mexico City resident Joel Guerra, 59, carried a sign that read “Reclaim Mexico.”

“The president says that only his supporters are ‘the good people’ of Mexico, and the rest of us don't have rights,” Guerra said. “We are people, too.”

Guerra was particularly concerned by a new law that López Obrador has passed that seizes unclaimed personal pension accounts to hand out to other retirees.

“Unfortunately, the people governing us right now have completely divided the country,” businesswoman Alana Leal said. “There are two groups of Mexicans, and that's not fair. It's not fair to create so much hate, because at the end of the day, we're all in the same boat, and we are all working for the country's progress.”

López Obrador frequently attacks anyone who disagrees with him as “racist, classist, conservative.” He also favors state-owned companies and government hand-out programs and derides the accumulation of personal wealth.

Sheinbaum has pledged to try to reconcile Mexicans if she wins, but Leal said he doubted she would.

“I think it will be very difficult to achieve a reconciliation between the two groups,” she said, adding, “That is very regrettable.”

Members of Mexico's military hold the Mexican flag before an opposition rally at the Zocalo, Mexico City's main square, Sunday, May 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Ginnette Riquelme)

Members of Mexico's military hold the Mexican flag before an opposition rally at the Zocalo, Mexico City's main square, Sunday, May 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Ginnette Riquelme)

People participate at an opposition rally ahead of the June 2 presidential elections, in the Zocalo, Mexico City, Sunday, May 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Ginnette Riquelme)

People participate at an opposition rally ahead of the June 2 presidential elections, in the Zocalo, Mexico City, Sunday, May 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Ginnette Riquelme)

Presidential candidate Xochitl Galvez, right, sings the anthem alongside Santiago Taboada, candidate for Mexico City's chief of government, in an opposition rally ahead of June 2 general elections in the Zocalo, Mexico City's main square, Sunday, May 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Ginnette Riquelme)

Presidential candidate Xochitl Galvez, right, sings the anthem alongside Santiago Taboada, candidate for Mexico City's chief of government, in an opposition rally ahead of June 2 general elections in the Zocalo, Mexico City's main square, Sunday, May 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Ginnette Riquelme)

People participate in an opposition rally ahead of the June 2 presidential elections, at the Zocalo, Mexico City's main square, Sunday, May 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Ginnette Riquelme)

People participate in an opposition rally ahead of the June 2 presidential elections, at the Zocalo, Mexico City's main square, Sunday, May 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Ginnette Riquelme)

Mexican presidential candidate Xochitl Galvez gestures at an opposition rally to encourage voting ahead of the June 2 presidential elections, in the Zocalo, Mexico City's main square, Sunday, May 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Ginnette Riquelme)

Mexican presidential candidate Xochitl Galvez gestures at an opposition rally to encourage voting ahead of the June 2 presidential elections, in the Zocalo, Mexico City's main square, Sunday, May 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Ginnette Riquelme)

A person holds a sign that reads "we are all the same Mexico" at an opposition rally called to encourage voting ahead of the June 2 presidential elections, in the Zocalo, Mexico City's main square, Sunday, May 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Ginnette Riquelme)

A person holds a sign that reads "we are all the same Mexico" at an opposition rally called to encourage voting ahead of the June 2 presidential elections, in the Zocalo, Mexico City's main square, Sunday, May 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Ginnette Riquelme)

Mexican presidential candidate Xochitl Galvez speaks at an opposition rally to encourage voting ahead of the June 2 presidential elections, in the Zocalo, Mexico City, Sunday, May 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Ginnette Riquelme)

Mexican presidential candidate Xochitl Galvez speaks at an opposition rally to encourage voting ahead of the June 2 presidential elections, in the Zocalo, Mexico City, Sunday, May 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Ginnette Riquelme)

Mexican presidential candidate Xochitl Galvez speaks at an opposition rally to encourage voting ahead of the June 2 presidential elections, in the main square, Mexico City, Sunday, May 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Ginnette Riquelme)

Mexican presidential candidate Xochitl Galvez speaks at an opposition rally to encourage voting ahead of the June 2 presidential elections, in the main square, Mexico City, Sunday, May 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Ginnette Riquelme)

Mexican opposition supporters hold up a flag during a rally, protesting what they claim are attempts by President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador to divide the country, in the Zocalo, Mexico City, Sunday, May 19, 2024. Mexico is set to hold general elections June 2.

Mexican opposition supporters hold up a flag during a rally, protesting what they claim are attempts by President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador to divide the country, in the Zocalo, Mexico City, Sunday, May 19, 2024. Mexico is set to hold general elections June 2.

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Kylian Mbappé starting for France at Euro 2024 and will wear a mask against Poland

2024-06-25 23:55 Last Updated At:06-26 00:00

DORTMUND, Germany (AP) — Kylian Mbappé returned to France's starting lineup for the match against Poland at the European Championship on Tuesday, eight days after breaking his nose.

Mbappé, France's captain, will be wearing a protective mask for the Group D closer at Dortmund's Westfalenstadion.

The Real Madrid-bound striker sustained the broken nose late in France's 1-0 win over Austria on June 17 and was an unused substitute in the 0-0 draw with the Netherlands on Friday.

Mbappé has since featured in a behind-closed-doors match against a local youth team in Paderborn, where France's training base is in Germany.

France coach Didier Deschamps said on Monday that wearing a mask is limiting Mbappé’s vision. Poland captain Robert Lewandowski, who had to wear a mask earlier in his career after breaking his cheekbone and nose, warned his fellow striker that he might have “problems reacting and seeing the ball.”

Mbappé will be looking to score for the first time at a European Championship. He didn't score in four games in the 2021 tournament, nor against Austria.

France has already qualified for the round of 16, but could finish first, second or third in the group.

Aside from recalling Mbappé in place of the rested Antoine Griezmann, Deschamps also brought in Bradley Barcola for Marcus Thuram up front.

AP Euro 2024: https://apnews.com/hub/euro-2024

Kylian Mbappe of France fits a protective goggles ahead of a Group D match between the France and Poland at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Dortmund, Germany, Tuesday, June 25, 2024. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

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France's Kylian Mbappe gestures during a training session in Paderborn, Germany, Sunday, June 23, 2024. France will play against Poland during their Group D soccer match at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament on June 25. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

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France's Kylian Mbappe gestures next to his teammate Antoine Griezmann during a training session in Paderborn, Germany, Sunday, June 23, 2024. France will play against Poland during their Group D soccer match at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament on June 25. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

France's Kylian Mbappe gestures next to his teammate Antoine Griezmann during a training session in Paderborn, Germany, Sunday, June 23, 2024. France will play against Poland during their Group D soccer match at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament on June 25. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

France's Kylian Mbappe gestures during a training session in Paderborn, Germany, Sunday, June 23, 2024. France will play against Poland during their Group D soccer match at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament on June 25. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

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