The outgoing socialist president appears to be backing centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron in the second round of the race.
Francois Baroin, who served as a finance minister for former president Nicolas Sarkozy, on Wednesday publicly stated he was ready to work as prime minister in a "cohabitation" arrangement with Mr Macron. The average turnout since the first direct vote in 1965 is 78 per cent.
Macron got the most votes and is the predicted victor, since the other parties are rallying around him in an effort to stop the far-right Le Pen.
The 48-year-old will hope to drive a wedge into a growing rift in Mr Fillon's Républicains party over whether it should actively back Mr Macron in round two.
Le Pen seized on the flurry of endorsements for Macron from the ruling Socialists and main opposition Republicans - both of which crashed out in the first round - as proof he was the choice of a discredited old guard.
Le Pen has also worked hard to build up her global status.
However, since she announced she was temporally distancing herself from the National Front her odds have been cut to as short as 4/1.
Ms Le Pen, who is against the European Union, said the Whirlpool plant was a "symbol of odious globalisation, which leads to plants moving overseas, destroying thousands of jobs".
Le Pen's fathers' comments come after Marine Le Pen stated that she will step back from the party's day-to-day management in order to appeal to a wider spectrum of voters and due to her belief that the French president-elect has an obligation to unite all French citizens.
"Tonight, I am no longer the president of the National Front. Furthermore, I think that slaughter without stunning should be prohibited", Le Pen said. "Nothing is won. I have never considered one minute that it was won".
The percentage of under-35 voters to have left school without a diploma has a heavy 60 percent correlation to Le Pen's scores. http://tmsnrt.rs/2q1PVb0 In statistics, correlation is measured between zero and 100 percent - the higher the count the closer the link.
Le Pen will hold a rally in the Riviera city of Nice on Wednesday, a bastion of France's right that was targeted by a jihadist-inspired truck attack that killed 86 people in July.
Far-right presidential contender Marine Le Pen said Tuesday that people are revolting against the elite and predicted that could translate into a "very big surprise" when ballots are cast May 7 in France's final round to choose a new leader - and it will be her.
The second round of the French election might not be the ceremonial shoo-in for Emmanuel Macron after all. "If Marine Le Pen doesn't win now, by the time of the next elections the foreign population-which is already out-breeding French natives-will have grown so much that the local white votes won't be able to counter foreign votes".