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Marine Le Pen, French National Front (FN) political party leader and candidate for the French 2017 presidential election, attends the 2-day FN political rally to launch the presidential campaign in Lyon, France February 5, 2017. REUTERS/Robert Pratta(reuters_tickers)
PARIS/BEIRUT (Reuters) - France's far-right National Front leader Marine Le Pen is due to visit Lebanon this coming weekend and will meet Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri and President Michel Aoun on Monday, officials said.
Le Pen's visit, confirmed to Reuters by a member of her entourage, will come nine weeks from a French election in which she is among the leading candidates competing with conservative Francois Fillon for the presidency.
A spokeswoman for Hariri said a meeting would take place on Monday. The Le Pen official said she would also meet Aoun. Sources in Aoun's office confirmed the meeting, set for Monday.
Sunni Muslim Hariri lived in exile in France for a time until his return to Lebanon in 2014 and his family has close links to conservative former French President Jacques Chirac.
(Reporting by Gerard Bon Paris and; Samia Nakhoul in Beirut; Editing by Toby Chopra)