Marion Anne Perrine Le Pen, known as Marine Le Pen was born on the 5th August 1968 in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France. Marine is a French lawyer and President of the National Front (FN), which she has been a member of since 1986 at the age of 18. When Marine was eight, in 1976 the family house was subject to a bomb attack.
The FN was previously led by Marine’s father, Jean-Marie Le Pen, who originally founded the party. Marine often accompanied her father to rallies from a young age. While Jean-Marie was leader the FN wanted to deport three million foreigners, the party of Holocaust denial and xenophobia.
Marine was elected as a regional councillor in 1998 (1998-present), a Member of the European Parliament in 2004 (2004-present), and a municipal councillor in Henin-Beaumont in 2008 (2008-2011). In 2011 she won the leadership of the National Front with a 67.65% of the vote.
Le Pen sought to remove many of the National Front’s anti-Semitic and racist connections “de-demonization of the Front National” to detoxify and soften its image, which ultimately led to infighting and ultimately the expulsion of her father, Jean-Marie Le Pen from the party on the 20th August 2015 after he stated that the Nazi gas chambers were a “detail of history”.
On December 8th 2016 le pen stated “If you come to our country, don’t expect to be taken care of, to be looked after, that your children will be educated without charge,” and “playtime is over”. BBC – Le Pen 08/12/2016
The 2017 National Front manifesto renews its commitment to a massive reduction in legal immigration to 10,000 people per year and to halt the right to family reunions. In addition the FN also propose to increase police numbers and powers and the creation of 40,000 new prison places. Le Pen states that French citizenship should be “either inherited or merited”, in addition to this she added that illegal immigrants “have no reason to stay in France, these people broke the law the minute they set foot on French soil”.
If Le Pen wins the presidency in May, she has promised an EU referendum within six months of taking office.
Marine Le Pen received 21.30% of the vote in the 1st Round of the 2017 French Presidential election which placed her 2nd behind Emmaunel Macron on 24.01%.
Marine Le Pen received 33.90% in the second round on the 7th May and was eliminated.