Marine Le Pen’s 2017 campaign logo
Marine Le Pen announced her candidacy for the 2017 French presidential election on 8 April 2016 and has since her first day, maintained a high level of approval in opinion polls. She appointed FN Senator David Rachline as her campaign manager. The FN had difficulty finding funding because of the refusal of French banks to provide credit. The FN instead borrowed EUR9million from the First Czech-Russian Bank, Moscow in 2014 in spite of European Union sanction in place against Russia following the annexe of Crimea.