Madame Frexit set for triumph after Paris terror attack: Marine Le Pen is poised for a historic breakthrough in France’s nail-biting presidential race

Daily Mail

  • Far-Right leader confident her chances of winning the election’s first round
  • Her campaign has been dominated by anti-Islam and anti-immigration rhetoric 
  • She is locked in a duel with centrist front-runner Emmanuel Macron, 39 

Marine Le Pen was today poised for a historic breakthrough in France’s nail-biting presidential race.

The far-Right leader is confident her chances of winning the election’s first round have been strengthened by last week’s terrorist murder of a police officer on the Champs-Élysées.

But with the country on high alert as voters head to the polls, 48-year-old Le Pen – dubbed ‘Madame Frexit’ for threatening to follow Britain out of the EU – was accused of using the shooting for her own ends.

Her campaign has been dominated by anti-Islam and anti-immigration rhetoric and critics said she has used the violence to stoke further hostility.

She is locked in a duel with centrist front-runner Emmanuel Macron, 39, a staunch defender of the single market who has told Theresa May he favours a ‘hard Brexit’.

If, as expected, Le Pen and Macron are successful in the first round of voting today, they will face each other in the run-off on May 7.

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