Marine Le Pen has set her sights on facing-off with Emmanuel Macron in the presidential race
The Front National leader, 48, known for her tough stance on immigration, Islamic extremism and dislike of Europe wants to pit herself against Mr Macron's policies which follow the status quo.
Ms Le Pen's team believes focussing her campaign on Mr Macron could hand her the keys to the Elysee palace as he represents everything the French electorate wants to ditch.
In a bid to secure the presidential race, Ms Le Pen wants to highlight Mr Macron's elite background – which may well be a turn-off for the public.
Mr Macron, the current economy minister, is a pro-European liberal who was educated in excellent schools and had a career in private banking.
Ms Le Pen, meanwhile, has managed to broaden her base in the past five years by promising to obliterate the strangle hold that this type of elite has on politics.
Therefore, Mr Macron could be the ideal political opponent for the National Front leader and she wants to face him in the race.
However as the Front National leader plots against her opponent, Mr Macron, a liberal, has been shaking up France's presidential election.
The choice to put Benoit Hamon, in the centre left primaries led supporters to jump ship
He is enjoying a lead which emerged after the Penelopegate scandal which scarred centre right nominee, Francois Fillon – where he was accused of giving his wife taxpayer cash for a bogus job role.
Mr Macron has benefitted enormously from the troubles that have plagued the left and centre right candidates.
The choice to put hard-left candidate Benoit Hamon in the centre left primaries led supporters of the Socialist Party to jump ranks and support Mr Macron instead.
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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
Macron has benefited from the corruption scandal that has engulfed Francois Fillon
Mr Macron, launched his campaign in October 2016 and is the current favourite – but there is no guarantee that he will win as the race is very fluid.
However, he does have a core base of supporters after serving as President Francois Hollande's economy minister.
His popularity in the polls has jumped since January and he has gained 10 points, going from 17-18 percent to 25-26 percent.
In comparison, Mr Hamon has just 15 percent and Mr Fillon lost eight points.
But voters are constantly changing their minds and Ms Le Pen is hoping Macron's failure to convince the electorate that he is an anti-establishment candidate will be her gain.
Some voters see Macron as a “mainstream puppet” while Ms Le Pen is known for being the opposite.