She said: “I refuse to throw in the towel because of one small setback. I will not quit because I am fighting for my country, for the French, and not for myself.”
The hardline leader added that her “inspirational” campaign slogan – “In the name of the people” – reflected the urgent need to protect France’s national identity.
Mlle Le Pen also said immigrants should not have the right to vote in the presidential elections and that French citizenship should be either “inherited or merited”.
She said: “Your right to vote is a fundamental human right, but it depends on your nationality. You’re either French, and have the right to vote, or an immigrant, and don’t have the right to vote.”
She warned:“Citizenship will no longer be automatically granted to babies born in France to foreign parents.”