French people underestimating the support for Marine Le Pen, says Socialist party leader

FRENCH people are greatly underestimating the popularity of presidential hopeful Marine Le Pen, said the Socialist party’s Jean-Christophe Cambadélis.

The first secretary of the deeply divided left-wing party said Ms Le Pen had a rock-solid and growing support base.

Speaking to RTL radio, Mr Cambadélis said: “I think that people are underestimating Mrs Le Pen’s score and her popularity among right-wing voters… Right now, she’s busy widening her support base… Her campaign wasn’t great, but, despite that, she made it through to the election’s second round.”