>> A rally for France's far right presidential candidate, Marine Le Pen, in Nantes.
t by a weekend of violent protests, left wing groups looking to block the National Front event clashing with police. But not deterring some 3,000 Le Pen supporters keen to hear from their pick for president.
Opinion polls however predicting a different outcome, two surveys suggest Le Pen will lose out in the second round. Independent rival Emmanuel Macron forecast to easily beat her with up to 60% of the vote. Boosted by an alliance with centrist Francois Bayrou, former finance minister Macron has shot ahead in the polls.
As his opponent Le Pen and former favorite Francois Fillon remain embroiled in scandal. Both are accused of misusing public money, while Le Pen faces a separate investigation into campaign funding in 2014 and 2015. At Sunday's rally, Le Pen accusing Macron of being backed by banks and media groups.
And said the justice system was being used to influence the outcome of the election.>>