French presidential election: Poll tracker and odds

Brittany BishopMar 18, 2017

France's far-right Front National (FN) party has suspended one of its top officials after footage of him denying that 6 million people died in the Holocaust emerged.

Le Pen and Wilders were pictured together in a series of light-hearted selfies in January when they met with other far-right politicians who hope rising anti-establishment sentiment across Europe will give them a lift at the ballot box.

During the hour-long interview broadcast on Farage's LBC show on Wednesday night, during which Le Pen faced few tough questions, the FN leader said she felt a "sense of relief" after Brexit.

Theresa May has been roundly criticised by French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen after the British premier failed to meet up with her but instead hosted her rival Emmanuel Macron in February.

"When people live on our territory and are not criminals, they do not dispute our laws or our way of life, our customs, our values". "Just as we need to fight Ukip and Ukip 2.0, we have to beat their arguments - otherwise they win", she said.

Ms Le Pen, who has pledged to deliver "Frexit" if elected as the country's president, praised the United Kingdom for leading the way out of the "prison" of the EU.

Similar to Trump, Le Pen said she also plans to reach out to Russian President Vladimir Putin, insisting that Russia was not a threat to France, and that Russia could become a trade partner, on the same par with the US.

"That is where the populist action is and that is what we should be focusing upon", she said.

The National Front leader said May was "inconsistent" for accepting pro-EU Macron "a key sales person of globalisation and mass immigration... because these are the opposite of what Brexit stands for and the choice made by the British people".

If elected Le Pen will seek to regain certain powers from Brussels including economic and legal sovereignty as well as control of France's borders.

"I see no reason why France and Britain should not have excellent relations - we are old allies".

Opinion polls show Le Pen winning the first round of the election in April, but then losing a decisive head-to-head vote in May to Macron or conservative Francois Fillon.

Ms Le Pen has promised to attempt to radically renegotiate France's relationship with the European Union if she becomes president and then hold a referendum on its membership, with signs pointing to a potential "Frexit" if she wins.

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