There are massive parallels with what's happened in this country and her platform has overtones of the Tory manifesto.
The extreme nationalism espoused by Marie's dad has been toned down a bit - including dropping calls to leave the EU - and populist policies with vote-grabbing uncosted promises are taking centre stage including scrapping income tax for under 30s:
- Propose a referendum on immigration and put an end to the family reunification of migrants
- Asylum applications only processed abroad
- Ensure national priority for access to social housing and employment
- Systematically expel illegal immigrants, delinquents and foreign criminals
- Make security everywhere and for everyone a priority of the five-year term
- Reintroduction of minimum prison sentences, eliminate sentence reduction and establish a real life sentence
- Establish a presumption of legitimate defence for the police
- Achieve 85,000 prison places by 2027
- Renationalise the motorways to reduce the price of tolls by 15% and privatise public broadcasting to abolish the licence fee
- Exempt all young workers up to the age of 30 from income tax so that they stay in France and start their families here
- Double support for single mothers raising children while strengthening controls to prevent fraud
- Abolish taxes on direct inheritance for modest and middle class families
- Ensure France's energy independence
- Implement a "slaughterhouse plan" to ensure dignified conditions and ban slaughter without stunning
- Launch a €20 billion emergency support plan for health
- Put the teaching of French, mathematics and history back at the heart of the curriculum
She has also promised to close down mosques considered to be "extreme" and her campaign has focused on helping with the rising cost of living which has gone down very well.
Le Pen is pretty much certain to get the votes from Eric Zammour's right wing supporters but that's only 7% which is enough to put her ahead. However there is no guarantee that Macron will get enough of the left wing vote that he will need and there could just possibly be an upset on the cards.
A lot of Le Pen's policies, particularly those that relate to immigration seem to evoke the same issues we allegedly had over "controlling our borders" so it would be really interesting to see if they could be put into practice whilst remaining in the EU. Equally the populist policies of slashing taxes whilst being a vote winner, may fall foul of the economic realities of running the country as they have here.
Should be interesting.