Marine le Pen has been praised for attracting voters from across France's political spectrum
With the latest Ifop opinion polls showing Le Pen has 25 per cent of the vote, the National Front leader has been praised for her rhetoric which is helping increase support in a divided France.
On Monday evening’s Newsnight, one Le Pen supporter – seen sporting a Ukip ‘vote leave’ badge – said: “We’re going to have Brexit, like the English!”
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She’s been smart to have a political language that allowed her to steal a part for the popular vote traditionally used to be on the left
Meanwhile, when asked about whether the French people like President Trump’s, one woman replied: “Yes of course! Because what is Mr Trump doing? He’s doing something we’re not use to in Europe.
“He does the things he was elected to do.”
Journalist Christine Ockrent told the programme: “The Front National has been in our politics for 34 years – they have never managed to win a major election.
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“Marine Le Pen has been very very clever at enhancing the platform and the arguments.
“That message does go down very well… she’s at 25 per cent in the polls!”
Get to know Marine Le Pen Sat, January 28, 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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A French politician who is the president of the National Front (FN), a national-conservative political party in France and one of its main political forces.
Pierre Haski, co-founder of French news website Rue89 added: “She’s been smart to have a political language that allowed her to steal a part for the popular vote traditionally used to be on the left.
“The has given her an edge over her father who was really strictly on the nationalist, and quite racist platform.
“She’s opened up and is making a bid for power.”
Le Pen launched her presidency bid in Lyon at the weekend
The news comes as conservative candidate Francois Fillon responded to allegations that he paid his wife thousands of euros for work she may not have done, claiming he has nothing to hide.
He looks set to continue his bid to become France’s next leader despite calls from his own party to quit his campaign.
His popularity has plummeted in the polls, allowing Le Pen and chief centrist rival Emmanuel Macron to gain further support ahead of the first round of the election in April.
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