Hours after she took part in a fiery TV election debate, frontrunner Marine Le Pen flew to the African nation of Chad.
The Front National leader told the 10 million viewers who watched the debate Monday night that fighting Islamist fundamentalists would be her top priority as president.
Le Pen plans to meet French soldiers based in Chad as part of the Barkhane anti-terrorism force, a coalition of 3,000 French fighters and troops from Mali, Mauritania, Burkina Faso and Chad.
Their mission is to root out jihadist groups in the Sahel region in West and North Africa and prevent terrorists from coming to France.
Marine Le Pen was met at the airport in Ndjamena by cabinet director Mahamat Hissein.