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Europe Now on the threshold of the French presidency, who is Marine Le Pen?

The nationalist candidate is now one win away from becoming France's leader. Though currently trailing centrist Emmanuel Macron, her victory is a conceivable outcome – and would change France and Europe.

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When Marine Le Pen was a child growing up in Paris, her friends never slept over – their parents wouldn’t allow it. And no matter how hard the blond, blue-eyed girl studied at school, her teachers often mocked her, hardly concealing their disdain. Her father, Jean-Marie Le Pen, was so reviled in French mainstream society that someone set off a bomb in the stairwell outside their apartment four years after he founded the fringe far-right National Front (FN) political party in 1972.