From fringe party to frontrunner: The rise of Marine Le Pen and the far right

From fringe party to frontrunner: The rise of Marine Le Pen and the far right


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We focus on the rise of France’s far-right National Front. Over the years, the party has gone from a fringe extremist outfit to a mainstream contender, and its leader Marine Le Pen has become a presidential frontrunner. Also, Benoit Hamon insists on his legitimacy as he desperately looks for Socialist support. And is the French presidency a bargain? We take a look at how campaign financing works.

Prepared by Narimène Laouadi and Hanane Saïdani

By Marc PERELMAN , Molly HALL

Published in partnership with France24

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