Marine Le Pen separates herself from Front National

  • Marine Le Pen separates herself from Front National

Marine Le Pen separates herself from Front National

Macron is the only choice - because the other is Marine Le Pen, leader of the extremist right-wing National Front, a xenophobic, all-but-fascist party founded by her father, Jean-Marie Le Pen, an anti-Semite who denies the Holocaust.

Endorsements for Macron from the established French parties of the centre-right and centre-left will likely make it even tougher for Le Pen to get an absolute majority in the second vote.

"Tonight, I am no longer the president of the Front National".

French President Francois Hollande has warned of "the risk for our country's future" if far-right leader Marine Le Pen wins the presidential election.

Le Pen has repeatedly said she is against so called "Islamist globalization" and wants France to be a "true country" and not "a mere region of the European Union".

Journalist Ms Roy, who has lived in Britain for 15 years has always kept her French citizenship, but would become dual national if the election goes the wrong way. Many people think her move is another bid to move her party away from the racist and anti-Semitic image it previously held, appealing to voters from both the left and right.

Macron got the most votes and is the predicted victor, since the other parties are rallying around him in an effort to stop the far-right Le Pen.

Universty of Montpellier researcher in politics Nicolas Lebourg said that the economic side of Le Pen's program has scared some conservatives and retirees who were otherwise open her discussion on immigration and identity.

"Let's promote the "eating French" especially in (school) canteens where our children must take advantage of healthy, quality products", she said.

Le Pen has also attacked Muslims, by comparing Muslims praying in the streets to the nazi occupation, and has called for surveillance of mosques in France.

She said she believed the State should fix regulation while her rival, independent centrist Emmanuel Macron, was in favour of "total deregulation".

The turnout at the polls was 77.77 percent - the lowest in a French presidential election for 15 years. The presidential primaries mobilized a predictably small number of activists and voters, and produced candidates that were so weak or wounded that they undermined, rather than built the confidence of the larger electorates in each case.