EU Undermines France's Sovereignty, Infringes National Economy - Le Pen

Le Pen also expressed her intent to impose a moratorium on long-stay visas in order to solve France's migration issue and abolish the right for French citizenship for people born and grown up in the country.

Only a few weeks ago, it appeared nearly guaranteed that the French electorate would vote for a face off between National Front Leader Marine Le Pen and independent candidate Emmanuel Macron.

Le Pen, who wants to withdraw France from the European Union and do away with the euro currency, defended her decision to force national news network TF1 to take down the EU flag during an interview Tuesday night.

Le Pen dismissed as "folly" government statements that France, which has been subjected to multiple deadly attacks in recent years, must be prepared to live with the threat of terrorism.

"I want to be the president of the French Republic".

An Ipsos-Sopra Sterna poll showed independent centrist Emmanuel Macron and Le Pen tied with 22 percent in the first round of voting (with Melenchon and conservative Francois Fillon with 20 and 19 percent respectively).

Le Pen has pressed hard her anti-immigration, anti-globalisation message as she seeks to mobilise voters.

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The candidates have increased security in recent days.

Another poll, a daily survey by Opinionway, gave similar projections to Cevipof for the top candidates and projected Macron beating Le Pen in the May 7 second round by 65% to 35.

All the five candidates in the French race:L-R, Francois Fillon, the Republicans political party candidate, Benoit Hamon, French Socialist party candidate, Marine Le Pen, French National Front (FN) political party leader, Emmanuel Macron, head of the political movement En Marche!

But as Sunday's first round of voting draws ever closer, the political whirlwind that is far-left candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon appears to be gathering speed.

  • Leroy Wright