“While France’s mainstream parties on the left and right are yet to choose their candidates, Le Pen, who will stand for the FN, calmly claims to have the upper hand”.
"The time of the nation state is back!" claims Marine Le Pen, surrounded by French flags on the French Riviera. She is the president of the Front National , the candidate for the presidential elections next May and the successor of his father, Jean-Marie Le Pen,former president of the party. Lawyer and extreme right-wing politician, Marine could be the main cause of the rise of the FN during this past five years. Front National is characterized by its nationalist, xenophobe and anti-Euro message, message that has not only convinced its traditional voters but has also touched other new groups "including senior public sector workers in the police, hospitals and schools". However, although she could reach the final round, she would be defeated according to all polls. Against her, the incapacity to "detoxify" her party of the racist, jack-booted, antisemitic imagery of the past". Nevertheless, she is believed to improve her father´s results in 2002, when he was roughly beaten by Chirac, who obtained a 82% of the votes. In her favour, she could be proud of having won "The battle of ideas" as Nicolas Sarkozy, former President of France and likely candidate for elections in 2017, has started supporting some of her opinions and statements such as the ones related with security or immigration.This radicalisation within the LR has helped FN legitimise their ideas and present them as a “majority-held views in France” , which could help her improve her results in the future elections.