Opinion polls see Le Pen making it to the second round of the April and May presidential election but losing that run-off to a mainstream candidate from the center-right.
But pollsters’ failure to predict Trump’s win or Britain’s vote in June to leave the EU have cast doubt on how reliable election predictions are.
Asked if she would be next to prove pollsters wrong and form a trio of leaders with Russia’s Putin, who has drawn fire from European leaders for backing the Syrian government against Western-backed rebels in Aleppo, and Trump, who like her has tapped anti-immigrant sentiment to gain popularity, Le Pen told reporters: “That would be good for world peace.”
“If I am president, France would have good relations with Russia,” she said.
Le Pen says she would re-instate border-checks with France’s neighbors and hold a referendum to take the country out of the Eu.
Her campaign poster, unveiled on Wednesday, shows a symbol of a blue rose with the words “Marine President.” The campaign’s slogan is: “In the name of the people.”
In a move to soften the image of the party, once ruled by her maverick father Jean-Marie Le Pen, and try to broaden its appeal beyond grassroots supporters, the party’s name did not figure on the poster nor did the trademark flame logo or even her family name.