Marine Le Pen: fiery but pragmatic, and defiant in defeat

France' far-right Front National leader Marine Le Pen, pictured on December 13, 2015 in Henin Beaumont, sounded a typically defiant and vitriolic note, lashing out at the traditional parties for teaming up against herA fiery orator but also a pragmatist, Marine Le Pen has steered France’s far-right National Front (FN) from pariah status into the mainstream. Despite her party’s defeat in regional elections on Sunday, she sounded a typically defiant and vitriolic note, lashing out at the traditional parties for teaming up against her and vowing to press on. The first round of the regional elections had given the anti-immigration FN the highest share of the vote, bolstering Le Pen’s claim to lead “the first party of France”.

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