Pundits believe a Ms Le Pen presidency would spell problems for the EU, given the candidate’s desire to reform the bloc from the inside and put French needs first.
Ms Le Pen’s previous ties with Putin have also stirred fears she could undermine the West’s efforts in acting against the Russian leader since his invasion of Ukraine.
However, Rainbow Murray, a professor at Queen Mary University of London who specialises in French politics, stressed that a Ms Le Pen presidency would further tarnish Anglo-French relations, as the National Rally leader has “no desire” to strengthen ties with the UK.
She told Express.co.uk: “Up until the invasion of Ukraine she was looking to Russia for her alliances and we can’t be guaranteed that that would stop.
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