The media also paid attention to the messages of the FN: a fresh Mitterrand-inspired poster, featuring her in a rural scene with the tagline « Appeased France », was created in response to surveys that showed she was controversial for large portions 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 announced her candidacy in Lyon on February 4, 2017 declaring a referendum on France’s membership in the European Union, should she fail to reach her territorial, economic, and legislative goals within six months after negotiation. [127 [127 Le Pen’s first television appearance was on television four days after.


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On 2 March 2017, the European Parliament voted to remove Le Pen’s immunity to prosecution for tweeting violent imagery. In December of 2015, Le Pen tweeted an image of James Foley being executed. This was removed following Foley requested the removal. Le Pen was also charged with using EU Parliamentary funds to support her political party. The immunity she received from prosecution did not extend to ongoing investigation by the FN. [128]

Marine Le Pen with Vladimir Putin in Moscow, 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]

[132 [132 Arson attacks on the floor below the building that housed Le Pen’s campaign headquarters occurred at around 3:30 am on 13 April 2017 [133It was a [133

2017: Le Pen argued France, as a nation, was not responsible for the Vi roundup ‘d’Hiv’ in which Paris police officers were able to detain Jewish citizens and transferred them to Auschwitz under the Holocaust. She reiterated a Gaullist theory that claimed France wasn’t represented by the Vichy regime, but rather by Charles de Gaulle’s Free France.[134]

On April 20, 2017, in the wake of an incident that targeted police officers that was treated as an alleged

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