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Le Pen could become next French president

Party is upbeat and others concede she could win the election, as a key rival is embroiled in a money scam

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Polls show that support for Ms Le Pen, an anti-immigrant and anti-EU candidate, has been consistent for four years now. Since 2013, surveys have shown the blonde 48-year-old National Front leader will progress through the first round to reach the run-off stage in France's two-stage presidential election.

Paris

WITH the polls narrowing and one of her main rivals embroiled in an expenses scandal, far-right leader Marine Le Pen could feasibly become French president in May, senior politicians and commentators say.

At the headquarters of her National Front (FN) party in Nanterre

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