Marine Le Pen storms into the lead in French presidential election polls

Marine Le Pen emerged on top after the first round of voting


NATIONAL Front leader Marine Le Pen has emerged as a serious contender in the race to become the next French president after taking a commanding lead in the latest election polls.

Le Pen took 29 per cent of the vote, eight points ahead of former president Nicolas Sarkozy, who has since withdrawn from the race.

She also held a 15-point lead over democrat socialist party Parti de Gauche’s Jean-Luc Melenchon, and the effects of Brexit and Donald Trump’s shock election victory appear to have boosted the far right leader’s chances in the race to become the next French president.

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls admitted that a Le Pen victory is “possible”, but said she is likely to come up against tough opposition in the second round of voting.

Mr Valls said: “If she does make it to the second round she will face either a candidate of the left or the right. This means that the balance of politics will change completely.”

Last week Le Pen appeared on the BBC’s Andrew Marr show and reaffirmed her belief that global anti-establishment sentiments could boost her chances of becoming France’s next president.

She said that Trump’s victory “made possible what had previously been presented as impossible”.

She added: “This is really the victory of the people against the elites.”

Full article: Marine Le Pen storms into the lead in French presidential election polls (Express)

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