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Donald Trump: Marine Le Pen is 'strongest candidate' in French election

Eleena Tovar | 22 Abril, 2017, 10:09

Philippe Karsenty - deputy mayor of Neuilly-sur-Seine and a candidate of the center-right Republican party in June's parliamentary elections - noted, "One of the only scenarios in which Le Pen could win [the presidency] is if there is a huge terrorist incident".

France has been in a state of emergency since 2015 due to numerous attacks that have killed more than 230 people in the past two years, according to Reuters.

Trump said he believed the Thursday attack in Paris, which left a Paris police officer dead and which ISIS has claimed responsibility for, would affect the election.

"Many suggest that the euro could rally on a Macron-Le Pen second round, given the tradition of forging a united front against the National Front".

Immediately after the attack, Le Pen reiterated her calls for border controls and a crackdown on radical Islam.

No wonder Trump is a fan. The people of France will not take much more of this.

If no candidate captures 50 percent of the vote, which is likely given the size of the field, the two front-runners will face each other in a run-off vote next month.

Le Pen said Hollande's governments has been "insufficient and weak, and without authority" in their counterterrorism strategy.

Such is Marine Le Pen's aversion to the European Union that the French far-right leader demanded the removal of its star-spangled flag from a TV studio before agreeing to a recent interview.

In an Odoxa poll for Le Point published on Friday, Macron was seen winning the first round with 24.5 per cent of the votes, down 0.5 percentage points compared to the previous poll.

April 21 Wall Street opened little changed on Friday as earnings rolled in, while investors braced for the first round of the closely contested French presidential election. "Will have a big effect on presidential election!" However, the S list includes some 20,000 names and officials have repeatedly admitted they can not all be surveilled.

Still, a runoff between Le Pen and Melenchon is far from guaranteed. "Donald Trump has made possible what was presented as completely impossible", said the French politician. The National Front financed itself with a loan from a Russian bank and Le Pen has praised Vladimir Putin and has falsely claimed that Russia did not invade Crimea, the Ukrainian peninsula it has occupied since 2014.

USA presidents typically avoid weighing in on specific candidates running in overseas election.

The comment comes one day after former President Obama placed a call to the leading centrist candidate, Emmanuel Macron.

Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve accused Le Pen of trying to capitalise on the attack.