France's Le Pen on track for regional power with an eye on presidency

Polls suggest her National Rally party will top Sunday's first-round vote in around six of France's 13 regions this Sunday and is on track to win at least one in the run-off vote next weekend. 

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Not so long ago, a walkabout by French far-right leader Marine Le Pen would announce itself with some heckling, maybe a protester or two, a few tight lips among observers, and the sense of wary curiosity that surrounds someone outside the political mainstream, reports the BBC.