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The Front National is an established part of French life with a solid support base. But talking to its leader Jean-Marie Le Pen, and his daughter Marine, it is clear why the party will not easily become part of the mainstream right

By Tim King   April 2007

A month away from polling day, and the Paris headquarters of the Front National (FN) are peaceful. People stroll through reception as relaxed and friendly as if deep in the provinces. As the FN did so well in the last presidential election, I expected a mayhem of consultants and spin doctors. But then little that I saw of the FN matched my expectations. The headquarters are guarded, I had read, by great numbers of uniformed thugs, who closely question all visitors. True, there is a security guard inside the building wearing a badge with the FN flame insignia, and I…

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