- By Zakiya Afzani
Marine Le Pen steps down as face of far-right France
The party leader of Frances far-right National Front, Marine Le Pen last night came second in the first round of the French Presidential election, putting her through to the final run-off next week
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French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen is “temporarily” stepping down as leader of the National Front party.
It appeared to be an attempt to distance herself from the racist element of her party and appeal to a wider range of potential voters.
The party leader last night came second in the first round of the French Presidential election, putting her through to the final run-off next week.
In a dramatic announcement on the live prime time France 2 television news broadcast at 20:00, the 48-year-old said: “It is essential to take leave of the National Front, and this evening I am no longer the president of the National Front.”
Far right movements have rapidly gathered momentum across Europe over recent years with staggering concequenses including increased violent hate crime figures in the hundreds of per cent, and a broader fence being build around the Balkans to separate Europe from the Balkans & Middle-East region.
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