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21 April 2017, 03:13 | Erica Roy
But the polls show a four-way race has developed between her, Emmanuel Macron; François Fillon, the scandal-scarred conservative candidate; and Jean-Luc Melenchon, far-left firebrand.
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The new hardline tack has gained approval from her fans, with many at the Marseille rally chanting "la France aux francais" (France for the French), an old slogan associated with the xenophobia and anti-Semitism that infected the Front National when it was led by Mr Le Pen.
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Opponents of Le Pen and her anti-immigration National Front party also skirmished with police outside a Paris rally this week.
For Andre Boyer (75), it was immigration above all else that secured his vote for Ms Le Pen.
After his meeting with Anouar Kbibech, head of the French Muslim federation CFCM, Macron issued a statement insisting on the importance of respecting France's secular traditions but saying those shouldn't be used to target Muslims. There will then be a second runoff election in May between the top two candidates. Some Muslims feel unfairly targeted by French laws banning headscarves in schools and full-face veils in public.
French Socialist presidential candidate Benoit Hamon is holding a rally and concert in Paris four days before a vote likely to devastate his once-powerful party.
All the more so since I consider that the European Union has done a great deal of harm to our country and to our people, be it in economic matters, in social matters, or in the matter of the disappearance of borders. "A peaceful and democratic uprising to give France back to its people", she said, "a day of glory will arrive".
Ms Le Pen said she only wanted the French flag behind her in the shot.
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