Francois Fillon

French far-right chief nixes free class for kids of illegals

Far-right leader Marine Le Pen has declared that foreigners in France should go through a "waiting period" before benefiting from the country's social services and that children whose parents are in France illegally shouldn't be allowed free schooling.

Le Pen, a leading candidate in France's spring presidential election, took on a prickly subject Thursday during her annual stroll through the Paris Christmas market on the Champs-Elysees Avenue.

France's education minister issued a statement "forcefully condemning" Le Pen's proposals.

Le Pen, the National Front leader, wants to stop what she calls "massive" immigration and is urging an exit...