Marine Le Pen secured the highest score for the far-Right in French presidential election history on Sunday, in a third-place finish that will present a major challenge to the two mainstream candidates Nicolas Sarkozy and Francois Hollande, left in the race
According to official forecasts, the 43-year-old daughter of the founder of the National Front (NF) secured between 18.2 and 20 per cent of the vote, performing even better than Jean Marie Le Pen’s shock result in 2002, when he won 17 per cent. At her press conference on Sunday night she burst into a rendition of La Marseillaise in front of delirious supporters waving the national flag.
“Whatever happens over the next two weeks, the battle for France has only just begun,” she said.
“We have exploded the monopoly of the two [main] parties of banks, finance, of multinationals, of resignation and abandonment, and carried higher than ever before the hopes of national ideas.”
French presidential elections take place over two rounds, with the two leading candidates from the first round fighting head-to-head in the final round. The leader of the right-wing party the National Front, Marine Le Pen, is the daughter of the original founder of the party. The party is against immigration, the EU, and international trade. It wants to protect France from the world!
La Marseillaise is the French national anthem.
Answer with complete sentences.
- Is Marine Le Pen on the left or the right?
- What position did she achieve in the first round of the presidential election?
- Why is this considered a success?
- What did she do at the press conference?
- How did her supporters react?
- Which word means “accepting something that is not desirable”?
- Do you understand the attitudes of the French National Front?
- Why do you think the party achieved such a high level of support?
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