Marine Le Pen is edging closer to Emmanuel Macron as the race to become France’s next president intensifies ahead of Sunday’s first round vote.
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A month ago, the leader of the far-right Rallye National party was ten points behind Macron. But weeks of strong polls suggest she is now the “clear favourite” to challenge the President in a second-round runoff for the keys to the Élysée Palace BBC called.
“I never stopped being confident,” she said Le figaro Earlier this week as the election campaign entered its final days. “I’m ready, personally and politically.”
years in opposition
When she became president of the then Front National in 2011, Le Pen prioritized “changing the racist and anti-Semitic image” that was allowed to form under the leadership of her father Jean-Marie Le Pen, Le Pen said CNN. But this “cost time and determination” and triggered a “bitter family dispute”.
Tensions came to a head in 2013 when her father reiterated his claim that the Nazi gas chambers were “just one detail of the story,” CNN reported. Le Pen publicly distanced herself from her father and expelled him from the party he founded in 1972 in 2015.
In her campaign against Macron, she has also taken other steps to soften her image, posing for pictures “hugging horses and pet kittens.” The guard reported. She has also tried to “play up” her “single mother status” and “downplay” her “once unabashed enthusiasm for Putin.” financial times called.
But voters should “have no illusions” about Le Pen. According to the newspaper, their plans include “rejecting the primacy of EU law, establishing a ‘national preference’ for hiring French workers over foreigners and banning Muslim headscarves in all public places”.
Their ambitions are clear, The Guardian said. Unlike her disgraced father, who was “content with being a protest election,” Le Pen wants “power and political office”,
Corresponding Politically According to polls, Le Pen is likely to win 22% of the vote in the first round after closing the gap between her and her macron who is on 27%. The polls for the expected April 24 runoff also show that Le Pen has cut the incumbent’s lead.
It’s “noticeable that the media is less hostile to her in this election,” Gavin Mortimer said in The audience. The former political outsider has “worked hard to cultivate presidential flair” since Macron’s 2017 election victory and now looks like she might “actually win”.
Le Pen learned of her father’s celebrity when she was eight and woken up by a bomb attack on her family’s Paris apartment. As a child, she found her “surname a burden”, The Guardian said, but she “constantly stood up for her father”.
When the French newspaper Liberation revealed in 1985 that her father had used torture during the Algerian War of Independence, he advised her to take the day off from school. But young Le Pen “declined and went in to defend him,” the newspaper added.
She studied law and was a member of the Paris Bar until 1998, before joining the legal department of the Front National. She was quickly promoted through the ranks, serving as Vice President, Member of the European Parliament and then MP in France.
This is her third campaign for the presidency. She finished third in 2012, behind François Hollande and incumbent President Nicolas Sarkozy, before finishing second when Macron won the presidency five years later.
What about outside of politics?
Le Pen married Franck Chauffroy, a businessman who worked for the Front National, in 1995. They had three children before their divorce in 2000.
In 2002 she married Eric Lorio, former national secretary of the National Front. They divorced in 2006. Between 2009 and 2019, she was in a relationship with Louis Aliot, who was General Secretary of the Front National from 2005 to 2010.
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