Those subjects won her her core backing, and she hopes it can give her boost with about 30 percent of voters still undecided. "It's been two consecutive five-year periods since we allowed the Islamist threat to flourish, and today we have come to a situation where we even wonder if electoral campaigns will still be possible tomorrow", said Florian Philippot, Vice President of the FN.
While missing out on the run-off would be certain to create a lot of soul-searching in the FN, experts say Le Pen's grip on the party remains strong despite tensions with her niece Marion Marechal-Le Pen. She said Wednesday that "I am a candidate in the election for the French republic" and said Europe is acting like France's "enemy". While many do not predict Le Pen to become president, such a black swan event would have a big negative impact on the euro as it would create great uncertainty in the markets because Le Pen is anti-euro and plans to take France out of the euro and potentially out of the European Union by holding a referendum. She, by contrast, has been put on the defensive over her position on leaving the euro zone, a proposal that lacks wide support.
Polls have consistently suggested centrist Emmanuel Macron and far right leader Marine Le Pen will score highest in the first round with about 22-24 percent of the vote each - and thereby qualify for the runoff.
France's membership of the European Union has undermined the nation's sovereignty, infringed its economy, and hindered the government's ability to defend its own population, French far-rights presidential candidate Marine Le Pen said Wednesday. "The reality is that immigration is massive in our country and that migration flood that we are experiencing is not a fantasy", Le Pen told RTL radio on Tuesday, when fleshing out details of the moratorium announcement.
Le Pen vowed Monday to end the borderless Schengen Treaty so France can control its frontiers and with that, she claims, stop both immigration and the terrorist threat.
"(But) a moratorium makes no sense.
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France has been on high alert since a string of terror attacks that began in 2015, which have killed more than 230 people.
French voters have so far been more concerned about unemployment and their spending power than terrorism or security, polls show, though analysts warn this would change quickly in the event of bloodshed. Now Fillon polls in third, or arguably fourth place, because of a nepotism scandal involving his wife. This is still well within the margin of error, so the prospect of Far Left and Far Right second round run-off in May can not be ruled out.
Former President Nicolas Sarkozy, a divisive figure whose backing may be a mixed blessing for Fillon, on Tuesday urged voters to back the man who served under him as prime minister from 2007 to 2012, and who beat him to the party nomination in November.
"The security forces are mobilised everywhere across France to ensure the security of French people and to ensure the presidential campaign goes smoothly", he said.
Francois Fillon made "hay" with this, pledging to roll back environmental rules he said were restricting French farmers, as has Le Pen.
Melenchon, meanwhile, was campaigning in Dijon in southeast France, with his trademark hologram image set to be transmitted to rallies in several other cities.