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Marine Le Pen Presidential candidate steps down as head of National Front

In the first round of the vote centrist Emmanuel Macron won 23.9 per cent and Le Pen received 21.4 per cent.

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The National Front harbours little hope of Le Pen becoming president play

The National Front harbours little hope of Le Pen becoming president

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The French far-right presidential hopeful, Marine Le Pen has reportedly announced that she is temporarily stepping down as her party's leader.

DailyMail reports that Le Pen revealed that she would be quitting her role as the Front National leader in her party to focus on the upcoming Presidential election.

This is coming just as Le Pen made it to the second round of the vote, which will hold on May 7, 2017.

In the first round of the vote centrist Emmanuel Macron won 23.9 per cent and Le Pen received 21.4 per cent.

After the first round, French President Francois Hollande has urged voters to choose centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron in the May 7, 2017 presidential runoff to keep out Le Pen.

It was further reported that Hollande said that Le Pen's platform of pulling out of the euro would devastate the country's economy and threaten French liberty.

He was further quoted to have said that the far right would "deeply divide France" at a time when the terror threat requires "solidarity" and "cohesion."

Macron was Hollande's top adviser on economic issues from 2012 to 2014, then economy minister in his Socialist government for two years.

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