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What are Marine Le Pen’s chances?

The Front National is increasingly thought of as "a party like the others"

By Jim Wolfreys  

Far-right party Front National (FN) presidential candidate Marine Le Pen attends the Fete De La Sainte Barbe in Henin-Beaumont, North of France, on December 4, 2016. Photo by Bakounine/ABACAPRESS.COM

François Hollande is the first standing president under the Fifth Republic, established in 1958, to announce that he will not seek a second term. This is more than just a personal failure for France’s most unpopular president ever. It is a symptom of an ongoing crisis of parties and institutions.

France’s electoral system,…

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