Marine Le Pen

Attention was also given to the propaganda of the FN with a brand fresh Mitterrand-inspired poster, featuring her in a rural setting with the tagline « Appeased France », was made in response to polls which indicated that she was controversial for large sections of the French electorate. The slogan was later changed to « In the name and with the people » after it was misinterpreted as a joke. Meanwhile, the FN logo and Le Pen’s name Le Pen were removed from campaign posters.

Le Pen announced her candidacy in Lyon on February 4, 2017, proposing a referendum regarding France’s membership in the European Union, should she fail to reach her territorial, economic and legislative objectives within six months after renegotiation. Her first campaign appearance on television, four days later, garnered the highest number of viewers on France 2 since the last presidential election (16.70 percent, with 3.7 million viewers). [126] Her 2017 presidential campaign highlighted Le Pen as a softer feminine, feminine character, and featured a an emerald-blue rose as a prominent emblem of her campaign. [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 violent imagery. In December of 2015, Le Pen tweeted an image of James Foley being beheaded. This was removed after Foley demanded the removal. Le Pen was also charged with spending EU Parliament funds for her political party. The immunity she received from prosecution did not extend to ongoing investigations by the FN. [128]


Marine Le Pen with Vladimir Putin in Moscow 24 March 2017 in Moscow.

Le Pen has met with a variety of currently in office heads of state, including the president of Lebanon Michel Aoun, Chad’s Idriss Deby,[130] as well as Russia’s Vladimir Putin.[131The Russian president was also present.

[132] Arson attacks on the first floor of the building that housed Le Pen’s campaign headquarters occurred in the early hours of 13 April 2017 [133It was a [133

In 2017, Le Pen argued that France as a whole was not responsible for accountability for the Vel’ d’Hiv roundup, in which Paris policemen detained Jewish citizens and deported them to Auschwitz as part of the Holocaust. She repeated her Gaullist argument that France wasn’t represented by the Vichy regime, but rather by Charles de Gaulle’s Free France.[134]

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