In a recent survey by pollsters Ifop, almost 25 per cent of first-time voters declared their intention to vote for far-right candidate Marine Le Pen in the first round of French presidential elections on 22 April.
Just over half of those polled said they intend to vote, and among that group, of those who have chosen a candidate, the highest number would vote for Socialist François Hollande, followed by Marine Le Pen and then incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy.
In Tuesday’s edition of left-wing newspaper “Libération”, a group of Le Pen supporters from near the northern French city of Lille, explain why they support Marine Le Pen.
One 21-year-old studying to work in the construction industry, said he agreed with some of Marine Le Pen’s ideas. “Billy” said there was not enough order in France and “there are too many people who don’t work, claiming benefits”