Gamblers putting money on underdog Le Pen

2017-05-06 18:47
French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen.  (Hussein Malla, AP)

French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen. (Hussein Malla, AP)

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Paris - The British-based betting firm Ladbrokes says far-right candidate Marine Le Pen is attracting 90% of the bets on the eve of the French presidential election, as people gamble that France is in line for an upset.

The betting firm said on Saturday despite the polls favouring her centrist rival, Emmanuel Macron, gamblers are putting money on the idea that France may be in line for a political shock similar to Britain's decision to leave the European Union or Donald Trump's victory in the US presidential election.

Le Pen's odds are 6-1. Macron is at 1-10 odds.

Nicola McGeady of Ladbrokes says with "so many political upsets in recent times, we are not surprised to see punters ignoring the polls. Le Pen is attracting the weight of money".

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