Marine Le Pen and niece lead France's FN into dominant territory

Marine Le Pen (R) embraces Marion Marechal Le Pen during a meeting on March 17, 2015 in Le PontetOne is a pragmatist: a 47-year-old lawyer by training who has steered France’s far-right National Front (FN) from pariah status to mainstream. On Sunday, Marine Le Pen and Marion Marechal-Le Pen — respectively the daughter and grand-daughter of the FN’s firebrand founder, Jean-Marie Le Pen — established themselves as major players in France’s political landscape. The first round of regional elections placed the FN on track to break the grip of Socialists and conservatives, cementing the party’s grassroots’ rise across the country.

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