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The French National Front is an economically protectionist, socially conservative nationalist party. The party was founded in 1972, seeking to unify a variety of French nationalism currents of the time. Jean-Marie Le Pen was the party's first leader and the undisputed centre of the party from its start until his resignation in 2011. While the party struggled as a marginal force for its first ten years, since 1984 it has been the unrivalled major force of French right-wing nationalism . The FN has established itself as the third largest political force in France, after the Union for a Popular Movement (UMP) and the Socialist Party (PS). The 2002 presidential election was the first ever in France to include a right-wing nationalist candidate in the run-off, as Le Pen beat the Socialist candidate in the first round. In the run-off, Le Pen nevertheless finished a distant second to Jacques Chirac. Due to the French electoral system, the party's representation in public office has been limited, despite its significant share of the vote. The current leader of the party is Marine Le Pen, who took over from her father in 2011.


Its major current policies include economic protectionism, a zero tolerance approach to law and order issues, and anti-immigration. Since the 1990s, its stance on the European Union has grown increasingly eurosceptic. The party's opposition to immigration is particularly focused on non-European immigration, and includes support for deporting illegal, criminal, and unemployed immigrants; its policy is nevertheless more moderate today than it was at its most radical point in the 1990s.


Some earlier party officials have historically been subject to controversy for occasionally promoting historical revisionism, specifically related to the Second World War.

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Two banks that have closed accounts belonging to the French National Front apparently had “good reasons” to take such actions, Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire insisted after Marine Le Pen blasted the decision as a “banking fatwa.” The president of the far-right party rebelled this week at a press ...
Marine Le Pen, French National Front political party leader and candidate for French 2017 presidential election, leaves after rejecting a headscarf for her meeting Lebanon's Grand Mufti Sheikh Abed el-Lateef Daryan, in Beirut, Lebanon February 21, 2017.PARIS, Nov 23 — French far-right leader Marine Le ...

French National Front party leader Marine Le Pen has said on her Twitter page that she would lodge a lawsuit against what she described as a "banking fatwa." "We will file a complaint over political discrimination. I appeal to our executives, to my 11 million voters, and more generally to all the French who ...
The Canadian blogger published a post in April praising far-right French National Front leader Marine Le Pen. She mused that the notorious race-baiter would “inspire men” to limit women's choices away from Islam and toward their Christian homelands. “Women, collectively, will always choose submission ...
Vote paves way for French National Front leader to be prosecuted for tweeting violent pictures. By Judith Mischke. 11/8/17, 8:13 PM CET. Updated 11/9/17, 4:31 PM CET. The French National Assembly stripped National Front (FN) leader Marine Le Pen of her parliamentary immunity on Wednesday after she tweeted ...
In 2012, Gilles Arnaud, a former regional advisor of the French National Front and also a member of the far-right Party of France, founded the ...

On the morning of April 23, 2017, as the polls opened in the ninth arrondissement of Paris, an old man with a cane positioned himself in front of ...
... has moderated its tone significantly, even though it has sympathized with euro-sceptic parties elsewhere (e.g. the French National Front)." ...
Florian Philippot, the former vice president of the French National Front (FN) party, and his allies in the European Parliament have joined the ...
On Thursday, the closest aide to French National Front (FN) leader Marine Le Pen and the party's vice-president, Florian Philippot, announced ...
The four-year-old party has links to the far-right French National Front and Britain's UKIP. At least 500 protesters took to the streets outside the ...
In the case of the French National Front, respecting the differences and focusing on the coinciding points, a VOX delegation held, on November ...
The National Front party announced plans to overhaul itself and change its name after its populist, far-right French presidential candidate, Marine Le Pen, lost Sunday's presidential election to centrist Emmanuel Macron. “The National Front must also renew itself,” Le Pen told her supporters as projections of ...
NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with Patricia Chagnon, a member of Marine Le Pen's party Front National. ARI SHAPIRO, HOST: It's less than two weeks until the French people choose their next president. The centrist Emmanuel Macron is leading the polls against Marine Le Pen of the far-right National Front.
NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with Patricia Chagnon, a member of Marine Le Pen's party Front National. ARI SHAPIRO, HOST: It's less than two ...
Marine Le Pen, French National Front candidate for the French 2017 presidential election, attends a news conference in Paris on April 21.
French National Front political party leader Marine Le Pen (L) and politician Marion Marechal-Le Pen. Subscribe to The Morning Email. Wake up to the day's most important news. Although support for the National Front is prevalent among France's youth, the party's effort to appeal to the demographic isn't ...

A hundred far-right MEPs, many of whom belong to the French National Front, but also to Britain's anti-EU UKIP, voted against the report.
... in the DNA of the European Union,” says the far right-wing ideologue Florian Philippot, a former vice-president of the French National Front.
Even more recently, as journalist Alex Rowell recently pointed out, far-right politicians from the French National Front, Golden Dawn in Greece, ...
... nationalism, and authoritarianism represented by Donald Trump in the United States and figures like French National Front leader Marine Le ...
The project of labor law reforms proposed by the French government appears to favor large firms rather than small or medium-sized companies ...
French National Front party leader Marine Le Pen said in a 2014 interview that non-pork options for Jewish and Muslim students will no longer ...
French National Front party leader Marine Le Pen said in a 2014 interview that no-pork options for Jewish and Muslim students will no longer ...
French National Front party leader Marine Le Pen said in a 2014 interview that no-pork options for Jewish and Muslim students will no longer ...
French National Front leader Marine Le Pen was one of the two finalists to become France's next president. Islamophobe Geert Wilders at one ...
Europe's populist politicians hoped this would be the year they rocked the continent's establishment. Instead, their assault on the EU has ...
France's far-right National Front, the party of presidential candidate Marine Le Pen, has replaced its leader for the second time in three days.
NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with Patricia Chagnon, a member of Marine Le Pen's party Front National. ARI SHAPIRO, HOST: It's less than two ...
Marine Le Pen, French National Front candidate for the French 2017 presidential election, attends a news conference in Paris on April 21.
France's far-right National Front leader Marine Le Pen is feverishly wrapping up her campaign ahead of the country's first round of presidential ...
PARIS/LYON (Reuters) - Just a few years ago, it was hard to find students willing to admit to being National Front cardholders. When a ...
A feud has engulfed the far-right National Front, threatening the future of Marine Le Pen after her failed presidential campaign and a two-month ...
French National Front party leader Marine Le Pen said in a 2014 interview that no-pork options for Jewish and Muslim students will no longer ...
On the other hand, in a situation where anti-EU sentiment grows across the continent with political parties such as the French National Front and the Alternative for Germany gaining power, the firm argues there could be "a Brexit that benefits the UK".
hollande merkel1 German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande address the media at the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany January 27, 2017.
Marine Le Pen, French National Front (FN) political party leader and candidate for French 2017 presidential election, attends a political rally in Lille, France, March 26, 2017.
The European Union will disappear, French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen told a rally on Sunday, promising to shield France from globalisation as she sought to fire up her supporters in the final four weeks before voting gets underway.
French National Front leader Marine Le Pen has urged the international community to lift sanctions placed on Russia after its annexation of Crimea in 2014.
... Emmanuel Macron, head of the political movement En Marche !, or Onwards !, Jean-Luc Melenchon of the French far left Parti de Gauche, Marine Le Pen, French National Front (FN) political party leader and Benoit Hamon of the French Socialist party ...
Marine Le Pen, French National Front (FN) political party leader and candidate in the French 2017 presidential election, refuses a headscarf for her meeting with Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdellatif Deriane in Beirut, Lebanon, on Feb. 21, 2017.
Depending who you ask, the French are a month away from (a) the most important election of 2017, (b) their most important presidential election since 2002, (c) their most important election in one, maybe two generations, or (d) all of the above.
Macron needs to differentiate himself from his counterparts in the election, French National Front party leader Marine Le Pen and The Republicans' Francois Fillon, both of whom are willing to develop relations with Russia, the lawmaker added.
Now the PNA appears to be backing more far-right anti-immigrant political groups in Europe, including the French National Front led by Marine Le Pen. Dowson also hopes to help break up the United Kingdom through a new referendum on Scottish ...
N'DJAMENA/PARIS (Reuters) - French far-right leader Marine Le Pen will meet Chad's President Idriss Deby on Tuesday as she looks to bolster her foreign policy credentials with a key ally in the fight against Islamist militants, her National Front party ...
... Debout La France group candidate, Francois Fillon, the Republicans political party candidate, 2nd row L-R : Benoit Hamon, French Socialist party candidate, Jean Lassalle, Marine Le Pen, French National Front (FN) political party leader, Emmanuel ...
Marine Le Pen, French National Front (FN) political party leader and candidate for French 2017 presidential election, attends a political rally in Saint-Raphael, France March 15, 2017.
Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron accuses the Prime Minister of pursuing the same "aggressive nationalistic" agenda as Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin and the French National Front leader Marine Le Pen.
Florian Philippot doesn't have the name recognition of a Le Pen, but for the French National Front (NF), he is almost as important in increasing its influence and appearance of electability as the family at the heart of it.
In a keynote address to activists on Sunday, Mr Farron will say the Prime Minister is part of a "new world order" that links the US and Russian presidents and French National Front leader Marine Le Pen. Speaking at the party's spring conference in York ...


 

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