Le Pen 'probably' making last bid for presidency

27th March 2007, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, March 26, 2007 (AFP) - French far-right leader Jean-Marie Le Pen cames close to confirming Monday what commentators had suspected, announcing that this, his fifth presidential campaign, would probably be his last.

PARIS, March 26, 2007 (AFP) - French far-right leader Jean-Marie Le Pen cames close to confirming Monday what commentators had suspected, announcing that this, his fifth presidential campaign, would probably be his last.

Asked by French television station iTele if this was his last attempt to secure the top job in French politics, the 79-year old replied: "Probably."

But he added: "As long as I have the strength to fight, I will fight."

And he said he was aiming for a second successive appearance in the second-round run-off for the presidential election, scheduled for May 6 after April 22's first round.

The head of the National Front became a force to be reckoned with in French politics when he qualified for the runoff vote in the 2002 election against Jacques Chirac, seeing off Socialist Lionel Jospin in the first round.

A former Foreign Legionnaire who served as an intelligence officer in Algeria and as a paratrooper in Indochina, Le Pen has been the champion of the far right for 35 years, calling for an end to immigration and a halt to European integration.

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