Le Pen has appealed to an important demograph who could tilt the close election
Women are the key
Nonna Mayer, a researcher
The populist Front National leader has attracted two million women voters since 2012 by appealing to their concerns about security, immigration and job protection, according to Bloomberg.
Nonna Mayer, a researcher at the Sciences Po institute in Paris said: “Women are the key.
“These women often abstain and now they are backing Le Pen to protect their jobs and their security.”
Le Pen has cemented her position as the frontrunner to win the first round of voting in the French presidential election on April 23.
Things you didn't know about Marine Le Pen Mon, February 20, 2017
Marine Le Pen is a French politician who is the president of the National Front, a national-conservative political party in France and one of its main political forces.
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Described as more democratic and republican than her nationalist father, she has led a movement of "de-demonization of the Front National" to detoxify it and soften its image
An Elabe poll has Marine Le Pen surging ahead of her rivals and snatching 28 per cent of the vote, while her nearest rival and former frontrunner Francois Fillon loiters on 21 per cent of the vote.
Cindy Blain, a 27-year-old pharmacist in the rural north east of France, said: “What she is proposing is really different, just like Trump offered something really new.
“Maybe if we see Trump succeed, then voters will give her a chance.”
In 2012 Le Pen trailed behind with female voters, winning only 17 per cent compared with 20 per cent of men’s ballots. Now she’s closed that gender gap.
The polls for the first round of voting have been favourable viewing for Le Pen
Earlier this month Le Pen’s team dispersed four million copies of a campaign brochure that clearly highlights her presidential aims.
The pamphlet displayed her navigating “the world of men” as a sister, mother, lawyer and political leader. It included a promise to be a shield against Islamic fundamentalists who, she said, want to stop women “wearing a skirt, going to work or to the bistro.”
Justice and security are important factors for french female voters
Nicolas Lebourg, a researcher on French far-right politics at the University of Montpellier said: “Le Pen isn’t asking for equality, she’s promising justice and security.”
“And that often resonates more with women facing the challenges of everyday life.”
As well as the surge of support from women, surveys show she has gained support among less-educated voters, rural communities and those in lower-paid jobs. She has doubled her poll scores among retirees.
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