The 48-year-old leader of the right wing Front National (FN) is due to “walk over” her opponents in the first round of voting and for her to steal the lead in the second, according to an analysis by artificial intelligence at an investment firm in Singapore.
Leonie Hill Capital Chief Executive Arun Kant said the controversial figure is on her way to power after running extensive date through the company’s computer systems.
The first round of voting will take place on April 23, with the top two candidates in that result then going on to face a second round on May 7.
Front Nationale leader Marine Le Pen launches her campaign in Lyon
Le Pen has taken care to present herself as a candidate with reasonable views, which has helped her to push the Front National from the fringes to the mainstream
Simon Baptist, Global Chief Economist at the Economist Intelligence Unit
Also in contention is the former Minister of the Economy, Industry and Digital Affairs and independent candidate Emmanuel Macron, conservative ex-Prime Minister Francois Fillon and socialist Benoit Hamon.
Ms Le Pen is due to get 28 per cent of the vote in the first round, according to Mr Kant’s analysis, with Mr Fillon on 16.4 per cent and Mr Macron with between 19-20 per cent.
Mr Macron is currently expected to win the second round vote, according to the AI predictions but Mr Kant said that Ms Le Pen would be given a boost in the polls after her performance in the first round which would propel her to victory.
Marine Le Pen, leader of the Front National in Nice
Mr Kant said: "If she wins the first round, this dynamic will change," pointing to events in the US and the victory by the Republican candidate Donald Trump who based a large apart of his campaign on populist appeal.
In fact, Mr Kant said his AI analysis predicted that the only way Macron could win is if some unexpected factor were to pull undecided voters in his favour.
The latest IFOP poll published on February 14 placed Ms Le Pen in the lead for the April 23 ballot, with around 25.5 percent of the vote.
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Most election-watchers expect, however, that she would lose the second round of voting to Mr Macron.
In the 2012 election, she won 17.9 percent of the vote in the first round, a record result for the FN, but failed to enter the second round.
Mr Kant also said that he thought her victory in the presidential elections would spell the beginning of the end for the European Union (EU) which would cause massive disruption and fluctuations in currencies around the world, sparking a financial crisis.
Front National presidential candidate Marine Le Pen
Simon Baptist, Global Chief Economist at the Economist Intelligence Unit, also thought Ms Le Pen could win the presidency.
He said: "Le Pen has taken care to present herself as a candidate with reasonable views, which has helped her to push the Front National from the fringes to the mainstream.
“Recent events, such as the refugee crisis, terrorist attacks, and the rise of populist leaders elsewhere, have also played into her hands."
Front National leader Marine Le Pen visits Nice
However Callum Henderson, Head of Global Markets Research for the Eurasia Group noted an air of caution, saying that “markets would riot” if Ms Le Pen was elected due to her comments on leaving the EU.
He said: "It is highly questionable whether she would be able to (initiate a French exit from the EU or the euro) if she did win because parliament would not likely pass much ideas, but the initial market reaction would be very volatile and very negative.”
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