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Rise of populism: Could far-right leader Le Pen be France's next president?

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THE POLITICAL BRIEF

The latest developments on France’s presidential and legislative elections with on-the-ground reports, expert analysis and original perspectives. Every Tuesday at 4.45 pm Paris time.

Latest update : 2017-03-15

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

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

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2017-03-28 Marine Le Pen

Rise of populism: Could far-right leader Le Pen be France's next president?

In this edition we ask if the rise of populism with Brexit and Donald Trump could translate into a win for the far right's Marine Le Pen here in France. On the other side of the...

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2017-03-21 the political brief

France’s top presidential candidates clash over migration and terrorism in televised debate

In this edition: France’s top five presidential candidates squared off in a prime-time televised debate Monday. For more than three hours, the candidates went head-to-head over...

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2017-03-07 French Presidential Elections 2017

Fillon refuses to bow out of French presidential race

French presidential hopeful François Fillon stands defiant. The embattled conservative candidate is refusing to bow out of the race despite a "fake jobs" scandal. We also take a...

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