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Don’t be fooled by the Front National leader Marine Le Pen

She has given the Front National a makeover, but it remains true to itself

By Christine Ockrent   220

“Marine, 45, is blue-eyed, blonde, stout, aggressive and talented. A lawyer with a smoker’s voice, she has been in politics since she was 18.” © Gauthier Bouchet

It took Jean-Marie Le Pen 42 years to build his political movement on the ruins of “French Algeria” and the remnants of pre-Second World War fascist ideology. It has taken his daughter just over three years to transform the Front National (FN) into a party palatable enough to take the lead in the latest European elections.

Marine, 45, is blue-eyed, blonde, stout,…

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