Le Pen says she is “not the National Front candidate”

French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen says she is “not the National Front candidate” during a French television interview.

PARIS, FRANCE (APRIL 25, 2017) (TF1) – French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen said the was “not the National Front” candidate during an interview with French television channel TF1 on Tuesday (April 25).

Billing herself as “the candidate of the people”, she accused her rival, independent centrist Emmanuel Macron, of being “the candidate of the oligarchy.”

She also said that Macron was “in the hands” of the Union of Islamic Organisations of France, which she wants to ban.

Le Pen announced on Monday that she plans to step back from day-to-day management of the far-right party her father, Jean-Marie Le Pen, founded ahead of the runoff.

Macron, a 39-year old former investment banker, pipped the National Front candidate to first place on Sunday and opinion polls see him comfortably beating Le Pen on May 7 to win the keys to the Elysee.