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The 'Trump effect' weighs on France's presidential election

  • FILE - In this Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016 file photo, former French President and candidate for France's conservative presidential primary Nicolas Sarkozy delivers a speech during a campaign meeting in Meyzieu, near Lyon, central France. Days before a crucial French presidential primary, Sarkozy is facing new allegations that he received millions of euros in illegal financing from late Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi's regime. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani, File)

    FILE - In this Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016 file photo, former French President and candidate for France's conservative presidential primary Nicolas Sarkozy delivers a speech during a campaign meeting in Meyzieu, near Lyon, central France. Days before a crucial French presidential primary, Sarkozy is facing new allegations that he received millions of euros in illegal financing from late Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi's regime. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • Former French Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron delivers a speech in Bobigny, outside Paris, Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016. Macron, an outspoken former investment banker, announced he is a candidate to the French presidential election next year. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

    Former French Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron delivers a speech in Bobigny, outside Paris, Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016. Macron, an outspoken former investment banker, announced he is a candidate to the French presidential election next year. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)  (The Associated Press)

  • Far-right leader Marine le Pen poses as she inaugurates her campaign headquarters, Wednesday, Nov.16, 2016 in Paris. Le Pen is convinced that her anti-immigration, anti-Islam views can lead her to the presidency in five months. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

    Far-right leader Marine le Pen poses as she inaugurates her campaign headquarters, Wednesday, Nov.16, 2016 in Paris. Le Pen is convinced that her anti-immigration, anti-Islam views can lead her to the presidency in five months. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)  (The Associated Press)

Donald Trump's election in the U.S. has given a fresh boost to conservative leaders in what may be the next major populist battleground, France, where far-right leader Marine Le Pen is convinced that her anti-immigration, anti-Islam views can lead her to the presidency in five months.

Former president Nicolas Sarkozy, running to get his job back, said in a rally in Nice on Tuesday night that Trump's election shows that politicians must listen to "the wrath of the people".

Polls show Sarkozy faces two major contenders — former prime ministers Alain Juppe and Francois Fillon — in his party's two-round primary that starts Sunday.

Le Pen opens her campaign headquarters for next year's election in an upper-class neighborhood in Paris on Wednesday.