Marine Le Pen, leader of the far-right French political party Front National, was spotted at Trump Tower during an unannounced visit to NY.
Marine Le Pen has been spotted at Trump Tower in what is reportedly an unannounced visit to NY.
It was not clear who she was meeting with but Mr Trump's incoming press secretary Sean Spicer said she was not scheduled to meet the President-elect or his team.
A recent poll shows Le Pen has gained significant ground on her closest rival for the French presidency, Francois Fillon.
A Trump aide had earlier told Bloomberg the President-elect had no plans to meet her.
Le Pen's campaign chief of staff, David Rachline, said earlier that she was making a private visit to NY.
Ms Le Pen is now one of the top candidates for the first round of voting in April, opinion polls suggest.
Le Pen waived off questions from reporters camped out inside the lobby to observe who is coming and going.More news: Heartless Cops Give Michigan Man $128 Ticket For Warming Car In Driveway
When Trump was elected Le Pen sent out a congratulatory tweet before the result was even confirmed. 'We don't communicate about private visits, ' he added.
Trump's transition team did not read out her name when going through a series of meetings Trump did hold in a call Thursday, including one meeting with casino magnate Sheldon Adelson.
Le Pen, who was very excited about Trump's election, was spotted again in Trump Tower a few hours later.
Marine Le Pen is the daughter of ex-FN leader Jean-Marie Le Pen, a convicted racist.
Pool asked whether she was here to meet with PEOTUS and she declined to answer.
Asked if she planned to copy Trump policies, such as a floated Muslim registry, she said: "I don't model my policies on Donald Trump's".
"Trump tower is open to the public", Spicer said. In a statement to the press pool, Trump spokesperson Hope Hicks said, in full: "She is not meeting with anyone from our team".