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Marine Le Pen pulls ahead in poll: What does that mean for France and the EU?

Marine Le Pen leads the National Front, a right-wing populist party that was once relegated to the fringes of French politics.

Charles Platiau/Reuters/File

When France's presidential election proceedings began last year, the universal favorite was François Fillon, the nominee of the center-right Republican Party. Marine Le Pen, head of France's right-wing populist and nationalist National Front party, was still considered a somewhat distant prospect.

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