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Thirty year march of the Front National

Marine Le Pen is frighteningly close to making the unthinkable happen in France

By Lucy Wadham   April 2017

Could France fall to the extreme right for the first time since Vichy? Until recently such a thing seemed impossible. Now it feels as though it could happen. In January, a YouGov poll found 38 per cent of French people thought a victory for Marine Le Pen—the leader of France’s far-right party, the Front National (FN)—was “probable” despite no poll of voters predicting she will become president. Why this gap between what so many people, including myself, know to be likely and what we believe?

Despite the evidence, I fear Le…

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