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Marine Le Pen’s RN gains ground after seeing off French far-right rival

By Akila Quinio, Victor Mallet

15 Jun 2022 · 4 min read

Editor's Note

Le Pen came second in the presidential election with a historic high. In votes for the National Assembly, her popularity seems set to increase the representation of the RN.

Last year the anti-immigration talk show star Éric Zemmour launched a bid for the French presidency that briefly threatened to wrench control of the far-right movement from Marine Le Pen and her Rassemblement National party.

That threat is now gone. Not only did Le Pen see off Zemmour in April’s presidential race to end up with 41.5 per cent of the vote against President Emmanuel Macron in the runoff, her RN trounced him and his fellow hard-right candidates in the first round of the legislative elections last weekend.

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