France's Le Pen kicks off election campaign at Lyon rally

By REUTERS
February 4, 2017 02:21

France's far-right party leader Marine Le Pen kicks off her presidential campaign on Saturday, hoping a manifesto focused on promises to shield voters from globalization can boost her election chances at a time of turmoil in French politics.

Opinion polls see the 48-year old daughter of National Front (FN) founder Jean-Marie Le Pen topping the first round of the presidential election on April 23 but then losing the May 7 run-off to a mainstream candidate.

But in a race that is turning out to be the most unpredictable France has known in decades, the FN hopes this weekend's two-day rally in Lyon, where Le Pen will spell out her electoral platform, will help convince voters to back her.


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