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Christmas comes early for France's Le Pen

Thursday, December 08, 2016 - 01:33

France's far right politician Marine Le Pen visits Paris' biggest Christmas market as polls show her topping the first round of the 2017 election. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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Christmas comes early for France's far right leader Marine Le Pen who stopped by a the biggest Christmas market in Paris, as polls show her in the lead for the first round of 2017's election. It's part of a campaign to soften the party's image And she had a special wishlist. (SOUNDBITE) (French) LEADER OF FAR RIGHT NATIONAL FRONT PARTY AND PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION CANDIDATE, MARINE LE PEN, SAYING: "My wish is for France to pick a leader who thinks of the people, who stops defending the interests of certain groups, personal interests, financial interests. The people are waiting for us to take care of their prosperity, their security. They're right to be demanding, and they need a leader who is demanding too." Father Christmas welcomed the visit (SOUNDBITE) (French) MAN DRESSED AS FATHER CHRISTMAS WHO DID NOT WISH TO GIVE HIS NAME SAYING: "It's very nice of her to come and see us. She's the only politician who's come to see us." Since taking over the anti-immigration, anti-EU party, Le Pen has made efforts to soften the party's images and boost its electoral hopes in next year's elections. When she was recently asked by the BBC if Donald Trump's victory made her own election win more likely, she said: "He made possible what had previously been presented as impossible, so it is really the victory of the people against the elite."

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Christmas comes early for France's Le Pen

Thursday, December 08, 2016 - 01:33