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Marine Le Pen’s popularity surges in wake of Trump’s electoral victory, takes lead in new poll

By WITW Staff on January 20, 2017

Since the election of Donald Trump as U.S. president on Nov. 8, Marine Le Pen, the far-right leader of the National Front party in France, appears to have experienced a surge in voter support. The controversial populist leader, who backed Trump during the 2016 campaign, took the lead in a recent major political poll for Cevipof and Le Monde ahead of the first round of the country’s presidential election, winning approximately 26 percent of the vote compared to roughly 24 percent who supported Republican candidate Francois Fillon. As recently as mid-December, Fillon had led the polls by as much as three percentage points. Should she win, Le Pen has pledged to take France out of the Euro.

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