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Far-right's Le Pen to announce French presidential bid

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Far-right's Le Pen to announce French presidential bid


French far-right leader Marine Le Pen was due to hold a press conference on Tuesday to officially announce her candidacy in next month’s presidential elections.

The 43-year-old confirmed that she had met the electoral requirements to take part in the forthcoming vote against incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy and main socialist contender Francois Hollande.

Ahead of a Friday deadline, Le Pen said she’d obtained the backing of 500 elected officials.

Any failure to secure enough mayors to back her campaign could have seen many supporters on the far-right switch support to Sarkozy’s camp.

Since taking over the party in 2011, she’s moved its main focus away from a staunchly anti-immigration stance.

Le Pen, who replaced her father Jean-Marie Le Pen, will campaign for France exit the euro and is keen on protectionist measures to boost the economy.

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