The French presidential election is just around the corner. The latest political trend of non-establishment forces breaking into the mainstream can be seen today in the country, with the Front National dominating the polls. Can the popular appeal and shock value of the candidates outweigh the factors of experience and power base? Will Marine Le Pen be able to deliver a shock victory comparable to Trump’s win in the US? And how will the vote affect the rest of the EU? We ask Bruno Cautres, political scientist at the National Centre for Scientific Research of Sciences in Paris.