Marine Le Pen

Attention was also given to the propaganda of the FN with a brand new Mitterrand-inspired poster that featured her in a rural setting , with the tagline « Appeased France », was designed in response to surveys which indicated that she was controversial for large portions of the French electorate. The slogan was later changed to « In the name and for the people » after it was interpreted as a joke. In the meantime, the FN logo as well as Le Pen’s Le Pen name Le Pen were removed from campaign posters.

Le Pen announced her candidacy in Lyon on February 4, 2017 declaring a referendum on France’s participation in the European Union, if she fails to achieve her territorial, economic and legislative goals within six months of renegotiation. Her first campaign appearance on TV, just four days later, garnered the highest ratings for France 2 since the 2016 presidential election (16.70 percent, and 3.7 million viewers). [126] The presidential campaign of 2017 emphasized Le Pen as a softer feminine, feminine character, and featured a an emerald-blue rose as her primary emblem of her campaign. [127]


Main article: 2017 Marine Le Pen presidential campaign

On March 2, 2017, the European Parliament voted to revoke Le Pen’s immunity from prosecution for tweeting violent imagery. Le Pen had tweeted an image of a beheaded journalist James Foley in December 2015, which was removed after a request from Foley’s family. Le Pen was also charged with using EU Parliament funds for 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 March 24, 2017.

Le Pen had a meeting with several currently in office heads of state, including Lebanon’s Michel Aoun,[129] Chad’s Idriss Deby,[130] and Russian President Vladimir Putin.[131[131]

The floor below the building that housed Le Pen’s headquarters for the campaign was targeted by an arson attempt during the early morning hours of 13 April 2017. [132] [133[133

2017: Le Pen argued France as a country was not the one to blame for the Vi’ d’Hiv roundup during which Paris police officers were able to detain Jewish citizens and took them to Auschwitz under the Holocaust. She repeated her Gaullist thesis that France was not represented in Vichy but in Charles de Gaulle’s Free France.

On April 20, 2017, in the wake of a shooting targeting police officers that was treated as an attempted murder

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