"This result is historic. It puts on me a huge responsibility to defend the French nation, its unity, its security, its culture, its prosperity and its independence," Le Pen told supporters.
"The main thing at stake in this election is the rampant globalisation that is endangering our civilisation," she added, urging French voters to shake off the shackles of an "arrogant elite".
(Reporting by Ingrid Melander, John Irish and Geert De Clercq, writing by Leigh Thomas; Editing by Andrew Callus)
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