Analyst who correctly predicted Trump's victory thinks Le Pen will win French election

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Marine Le Pen REUTERS/Benoit Tessier Marine Le Pen, French National Front (FN) political party leader and candidate for French 2017 presidential election, attends a political rally in Arcis-sur-Aube, near Troyes, France April 11, 2017.

An analyst who correctly predicted Trump's victory says Marine Le Pen will win the French election.

Charles Gave, founder of the Hong Kong-based asset-allocation consultancy GaveKal research, told Bloomberg on Friday Le Pen's support is a " slow-moving reaction against the men of Davos," similar to Brexit and Trump.

Le Pen, of the far-right National Front party, is a self-styled populist leader in the same vein as Trump - though with a much more rigid ideology.

Current polls put Le Pen closely behind center-right candidate Emmanuel Macron. Francois Fillon, a conservative candidate, sits just behind Le Pen, though he's been hit with a corruption scandal.

The first round of voting takes place on Sunday, and if there's no outright majority, the top two candidates will face each other in a runoff on May 7.

Gave predicts that if Jean-Luc Melenchon, a far-left candidate, made it into the second round of voting, Fillon's supporters and the vast pool of undecided voters would rally behind Le Pen.

Le Pen has campaigned on a promise to curtail immigration and withdraw from the Schengen Borders Agreement, putting France's involvement in the European Union in jeopardy.

Gave sees markets underpricing a Le Pen victory, and is telling clients to go long on the U.K. pound. A Le Pen victory would tank the euro market as France pulling out of the European Union would be all but inevitable, reports Bloomberg.

See the latest EUR-USD movements here.

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