Mar 10, 2018

National Front: Whatever happened to France's far right?

Leader Marine Le Pen has said she wants a new name to reflect a "Change in the nature" of the party. Cogolin chose Marine Le Pen over Emmanuel Macron by a clear margin but, almost a year on, her party seems to have lost momentum even here. The FN's Jean-Lin Lacapelle says Mr Wauquiez is no threat to his party: "He's either poaching [our voters] and is an imposter or Wauquiez is serious and the doors are wide open for a grand alliance of nationalists. That's what Marine Le Pen is calling for." Which is partly why Marine Le Pen is pushing for a change of name - hoping that it might loosen attitudes towards her party, and help open the door to alliances. None of the changes of the past seven years has so far been enough to secure the party pride of place in either government or opposition.

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