The spotlight on Marine Le Pen is now stronger than ever. If Trump can do it, then why can't she? The leader of France's far right national front party is pulling strongly ahead of April's presidential election. Some surveys suggest, she may even win the first round.
But topping the whole thing? Well, that's another question. Says Reuters senior political correspondent in France Ingrid Malander.>> Only the two first candidates can make it to the second round and then it becomes a kind of referendum for or against the person. And there is still a study from opinion polls.
The majority of French voters would not want the far right party leader Marine Le Penn to be in power.>> If anything, polls in the past have over estimated her support, like in last year's local elections.>> Opinion polls were actually predicting that the far right defend party would win at least one, and maybe up to three regions.
She didn't win any because left wing voters backed the mainstream central rights candidate to block her from getting to power in its regions.>>
>> No wonder Alain Juppe supports are cheering, the current mayor of Bordeaux and former prime minister, is hoping to run for the center-right.
An establishment candidate seen as a firm favorite.>>
> But first, he has to win the primary at first in France where he's up against former President Nicolas Sarkozy and five others.>> Anyone who want to take part in these primaries can take part do not have to be a party member.
It means it's particularly hard to guess.>> Whoever her opponent, Le Pen's message will be the same. A chance to mirror Brexit and now Trump.