Marine Le Pen surges in polls and is now twice as popular as France’s President Hollande

Far right French nationalist politician Marine Le Pen has stormed ahead of President Hollande in latest figures revealed by a poll measuring voting intentions ahead of next year’s presidential elections.

Front National leader Le Pen was shown to have double the support of the President, whose favourability ratings have been steadily dropping in recent months.

While 28 per cent of voters surveyed said they would vote for Le Pen, only 14 per cent gave their first vote to Holland, and former president Nicolas Sarkozy who is expected to be the Republican candidate received 21 per cent.