Even in defeat, Marine Le Pen brings the French far right closer to power

PARIS-Marine Le Pen failed to achieve his goal of France’s highest office, but his campaign laid the groundwork for the far right to become an enduring force in French politics.

With 41.5% of the vote, Ms Le Pen won a larger share of the electorate than any far-right presidential candidate in France’s post-World War II era. In doing so, the 53-year-old politician has transformed a party that was once a fringe insurgency into a genuine contender.


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