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Could Far-Right Leader Marine Le Pen Be France's Next President?

Marine Le Pen is a major contender in the upcoming French presidential elections. So who is she and why is she so controversial?

In the race to elect France's next president, Marine Le Pen, leader of France's far right National Front, has emerged as a frontrunner. Daughter of controversial party founder Jean-Marie Le Pen, Marine has spent her entire life in public and political circles. She's survived bomb attacks on her family home carried out by enemies of her father and campaigned with him for decades.

Eventually, Le Pen replaced her father as the leader of the National Front and cleaned up the party's controversial, xenophobic image. But the apple didn't fall too far from the tree. She's pledged to tighten France's immigration policy, reintroduce its national currency, and launch a movement to "Frexit." So why is Marine Le Pen so controversial?

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The Telegraph: Marine Le Pen has taken Europe one step closer to revolution

New York Times: Marine Le Pen, France's (Kinder, Gentler) Extremist

The Economist: Marine Le Pen's nerve-jangling plans to revive the French franc