Le Pen steps down as NF leader

|By:, SA News Editor

French Presidential finalist Marine Le Pen is "taking a leave of absence" from her role as the leader of the National Front Party, in an attempt to broaden her appeal before the next round of voting.

"I will feel more free and above all, above party politics," she told France 2.

Le Pen is still backed by NF, which wants to slash immigration, clamp down on trade, and overturn France's relationship with the EU.