The FN’s communication also garnered media attention. A fresh Mitterrand-inspired poster depicting her in a rural setting with the phrase « Appeased France » was a response to surveys indicating that she remained controversial for large parts of the French electorate. The comical nature of this poster resulted in the slogan changing to « In the name of the French people ». In the course of this campaign, posters were taken away of the FN logo, as well as Le Pen’s own name.

Le Pen launched her candidacy on 4 and 5 February 2017 in Lyon, promising an election on France’s membership of the European Union if she was unable to achieve her territorial, financial, economic and legislative goals for the country within six months of renegotiation negotiations in negotiations with the EU. Her first appearance on TV, just four days later, snagged the highest ratings for France 2 since the previous presidential election (16.70% with 3.7 million viewers). [126] Her 2017 presidential campaign highlighted Le Pen as a softer, feminine figure, with the blue rose as her primary emblem of her campaign. [127]


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On 2 March 2017, the European Parliament voted to revoke Le Pen’s immunity from prosecution due to tweeting images of violence. In December of 2015, Le Pen tweeted an image of James Foley being beheaded. This was removed following Foley demanded it. Le Pen was also charged with using EU Parliamentary funds to support her party. Her immunity from prosecution was not extended to ongoing investigations by the FN. [128]

Marine Le Pen and Vladimir Putin in Moscow on 24 March 2017

Le Pen has met with a variety of current heads of state including Michel Aoun from Lebanon,[129] Idriss deby from Chad, and Vladimir Putin.[131[131]

[132] Arson attacks on the floor below the building that housed Le Pen’s headquarters for the campaign was carried out in the early hours of 13 April 2017. [133]

In 2017 Le Pen argued that France as a whole was not responsible for obligation for the Vel’ d’Hiv Roundup that occurred in which Paris police officers detained Jewish citizens and deported them to Auschwitz as part of the Holocaust. She repeated her Gaullist theory that France wasn’t represented in Vichy however, it was Charles de Gaulle’s Free France.

On the 20th of April, 2017, following the aftermath of an incident that targeted police officers that was treated as an attempted murder

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