Far-right French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen has announced that she is stepping aside as leader of her National Front Party.

The move comes just a day after she reached the second round of the French election, where she will face centrist Emmanuel Macron.

Le Pen told French TV she needed to be above partisan considerations.

Opinion polls suggest macron is firm favourite for the second round but le pen said: “we can win.”

The French term she used signaled that the move to step aside would be temporary.

She said her decision had been made out of the “profound conviction” that the president of the republic must bring together all of the French people.