While polls show victory for far-right candidate remains unlikely, analysts says fresh corruption scandals or a terror attack in the country could hand Front National leader the presidency
However, the race remains difficult to call
Emmanuel Macron gains the backing of a prominent socialist, as François Fillon faces fresh allegations over a loan
The fact that Fillon is now also acting like a deranged conspiracy theorist is hugely significant – it shows that would-be French presidents are sliding into a Donald Trump-style abyss of fantasy
If the leader of the National Front had wanted a symbol of the decadence of the French political elite, she could hardly have summoned up a more vivid symbol than her likely opponent
Requires second vote to confirm which could come this week
Embattled former Prime Minister claims 'thugs and enemies of democracy' disrupting campaign
Campaign garners support as candidates hit by wave of scandals
Far-right National Front party leader still expected to lose run-off
The National Front leader thought that Lebanon, burdened with a million Syrian refugees, should send them home as soon as the war is over. She clearly did not know that tens of thousands of Lebanese are actually related to Syrians
Right-wing French presidential candidate is ahead in polls but predicted to lose in final round of voting to either Francois Fillion or Emmanuel Macron
Marine Le Pen is France's most controversial politician.
Just a month after moving into the Élysée Palace, the new president will face the country’s parliamentary elections
Front National leader says she will ‘not cover herself up’ during meeting with Grand Sunni Muslim Mufti Sheikh Abdel-Latif Derian, meaning the encounter had to be cancelled
No one has more insider knowledge about flying than flight attendants.
Far-right candidate claims search of party HQ is a 'media operation'