'I defend the walls of our society': Le Pen launches presidential bid

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French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen has blasted globalisation and Islamic fundamentalism - calling them "two totalitarianisms" threatening France.

However, a second round due to be held on 7 May was expected to result in Macron making off with 65% of the vote against 35% for Le Pen, Market News International reported.

France goes to the polls on April 23 in what is shaping up to be one of the most open elections in decades.

She is now leading polls to win the first round of the presidential election, but is expected to lose the run-off to decide who will be president in May.

With former investment banker Emmanuel Macron appearing increasingly likely to be her ultimate opponent, Le Pen told supporters that "faced with the cash-rich rightwing and the cash-rich leftwing, only I am the candidate of the people".

"The survival of France is at stake".

"We were told Donald Trump would never win in the United States against the media, against the establishment, but he won", Jean-Lin Lacapelle, a top FN official told the conference.

("This is our country") - when she railed against foreigners committing crimes in France or said that no illegal immigrant would be granted residency or get free healthcare if she came to power. "We have the right to expect that cultures imported by those newly arrived bow and fade away in the face of our patrimony".

French far-right National Front (FN) member David Rachline, mayor of Frejus and campaign director, attends the 2-day FN political rally to launch the presidential campaign in Lyon, France, on Saturday.

Le Pen, who leads the right-wing Front National, has run on a Trump-like platform of anti-Islamism, anti-globalization, stricter immigration controls, and a promise to leave the European Union.

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The euro ground lower in the European morning to trade as weak as $1.0734, compared with two month highs above $1.08 hit last week.

An activist and political commentator believes there is a chance that Le Pen becomes the French president given the rising tide of "Islamophobia, xenophobia, and pseudo-patriotism" which exists around the world at the moment.

The centrist candidate shaking up the French presidential campaign has vowed to unite the nation and boost ties with Germany in his first big speech.

Tax cuts: Le Pen is looking to cut income taxes, simplify tax rules and fight tax evasion.

Michel Ducreux, 54, a farmer, also liked Le Pen's nationalist stance "and her policies for creating jobs for those who have the least".

She said an FN government would also take France out of the eurozone and hold a referendum on European Union membership.

It's a battle she apparently thinks she might not win, so she has a Plan B: a Brexit-style exit referendum.

"There is no right wing and no left wing anymore".

Le Pen's father (and the party's founder and leader), Jean Marie Le Pen, was expelled from the National Front in 2015 for anti-Semitic statements regarding the Holocaust.

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