French police on 'HIGH ALERT' ahead of May Day protests against Marine Le Pen

Up to 250 events have been planned across France to honour Joan of Arc, a heroine of Ms Le Pen’s party, Front National (FN).

Her father, Jean-Marie Le Pen, who founded the FN, is expected to lay a wreath at a statue of the French heroine in Paris before he delivers a speech to supporters.

Meanwhile Ms Le Pen, who had her father expelled from the party in 2015 over an anti-Semitic outburst, will be holding a rally in the French capital’s northern suburb of Villepinte.

More than 9,000 armed police and soldiers are expected to on duty in the French amid fears of an attack similar to the Champs-Elysées killing of a policeman earlier this month.

France’s main unions are reportedly planning their own marches in the capital city, which has caused fears there may be a clash between the two opposing groups.

A police spokesman said: “The demonstration shouldn’t pose any particular problem. We’re just a little worried about radical movements joining in the workers’ celebration to upset events.”

France has remained under a state of emergency since November 2015, when a security alert was issued following the Paris terror attacks.

The country was then rocked by further devastation when a lorry ploughed through crowds celebrating Bastille Day on July 14, 2016.

Ms Le Pen’s rally will be opened with an address from Eurosceptic, Nicolas Dupont-Aignan, whom she has pledged will be her prime minister if she wins the French presidency.

Ms Le Pen, who ran against Mr Dupont-Aigan in the first round of the election, has been accused of buying the support of her rival, a claim which has been strongly refuted.

Marion Maréchal-Le Pen, a Front National MP and Ms Le Pen’s niece, said: “There is no financial agreement between the party of Nicolas Dupont-Aignan and ourselves.”

The protests against Ms Le Pen come just days before voters will head to the polls for second round of the presidential election on May 7.

Last month, riot police descended on Paris after angry mobs began hurling bottles and stones in protest against Mr Macron and Ms Le Pen’s win in the first round.

The latest Harris Interactive poll, which correctly predicted the result of the first round, revealed a six points slip by Mr Macron since last Sunday to 61 per cent with now Ms Le Pen on 33 per cent.

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