CAN LE PEN RE­ALLY WIN IT?

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS -

THIS week, book­mak­ers put the chances of Ma­rine Le Pen win­ning the elec­tion at 33 per cent, a strik­ing rise on the end-of-Jan­uary es­ti­mate of 25 per cent.

The fig­ures echo re­cent polls, which have Ms Le Pen reach­ing the se­cond round but soundly beaten in the May 7 run-off against cen­trist Em­manuel Macron.

Of course, it no longer feels that sim­ple. The Brexit vote and Don­ald Trump’s vic­tory left many pun­dits with their fin­gers burnt and warn­ing that Ms Le Pen may pull off the same trick.

One French po­lit­i­cal in­sider still be­lieves, how­ever, that the NF re­mains too toxic for the elec­torate to put her in the Elysée Palace. Patrick Buis­son, Nicolas Sarkozy’s for­mer key ad­viser, has ar­gued that the Le Pen brand – not her ideas – will ul­ti­mately put off vot­ers.

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