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Marine Le Pen 'new leader' of French National Front

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Marine Le Pen 'new leader' of French National Front


The French right-wing National Front has elected Marine Le Pen as its new leader, according to sources within the party.

The official result is due to be revealed at its annual congress this weekend.

She will replace her father, Jean-Marie Le Pen, whose provocative style shocked many but took him to a presidential run-off.

His daughter has led a campaign to modernise the National Front and turn it into a winning force instead of remaining on the political fringes.

Vilified by extremists in her own party, her wider popularity suggests she could eat into the ruling centre-right’s vote in next year’s presidential election.

Despite her more moderate image – she disputes the term “far-right” – Marine Le Pen retains her father’s capacity to shock, recently comparing Muslims praying in the street to a state of “occupation”.

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