Marine Le Pen

The FN’s communication also garnered media attention. A new Mitterrand-inspired poster that depicted her in a rural landscape with the phrase « Appeased France » was a response to surveys indicating that she was still controversial to large parts of the French electorate. The comical nature of this poster led to the slogan changing to « In the name of the people ». At the time, campaign posters were removed of the FN logo and Le Pen’s name.

Le Pen announced her candidacy in Lyon on February 4, 2017, declaring a referendum on France’s entry into the European Union, should she fail to reach her economic, territorial, and legislative goals within six months after negotiation. Her first campaign appearance on television, four days later, snagged the highest viewing figures on France 2 since the previous presidential election (16.70 percent, with 3.7 million viewers). [126] Her 2017 presidential campaign focused on Le Pen as a softer feminine, feminine character, and featured a an emerald-blue rose as her primary campaign symbol. [127]

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Main article: 2017 Marine Le Pen presidential campaign

The European Parliament voted on 2 March 2017 to lift Le Pen’s immunity from prosecution for posting graphic images. Le Pen had tweeted an image of journalist James Foley in December 2015, which was removed following an inquiry from the Foley family. Le Pen was also charged with using EU Parliament funds for her party. The immunity she received from prosecution did not extend to ongoing investigation by the FN. [128]


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

Le Pen met with several incumbent heads of state including Lebanon’s Michel Aoun,[129] Chad’s Idriss Deby,[130] and Russian President Vladimir Putin.[131The Russian president was also present.

[132] An arson attack on the ground floor of the building that was home to Le Pen’s campaign headquarters occurred in the early hours of 13 April 2017. [133It was a [133

2017: Le Pen argued France, as a nation, was not the one to blame for the Vi’ d’Hiv roundup that took place in the year 2017. Paris policemen arrested Jewish citizens and sent the detained to Auschwitz during the Holocaust. Le Pen reiterated her Gaullist theory that claimed France was not as represented by the Vichy regime, but by Charles de Gaulle’s Free France.[134]

Following the incident an incident which targeted police officers was reported. It was later ruled as a possible suspect.

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