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Far right suffers Dutch surprise as EU vote begins

The European Union's marathon parliamentary election kicked off on Thursday when Britain and the Netherlands voted, with right-wing, anti-EU parties expected to attract a surge of protest votes in many countries on a low turnout. However, a Dutch exit poll indicated that the anti-Islam, Eurosceptic Freedom Party of Geert Wilders' - which plans to forge an alliance with France's far-right National Front - had fallen well short of its goal of topping the poll.

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Dédiabolisation: Women are flocking to Marine Le Pen

MARINE LE PEN has been in a litigious mood lately. In early July the far-right National Front leader’s defamation suit against Caroline Fourest and Fiammetta Venner, authors of a critical book on the Le Pen family, came to trial in Paris. It was predictably embarrassing for Ms Le Pen as a lot of familial dirty linen was being aired.

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Why the far right did so well in the French election

There are two ways of looking at the results of the first round of the French presidential vote. On the surface, voters chose to engineer a classic left-right competition by sending the Socialist candidate François Hollande and the outgoing president Nicolas Sarkozy into the second round, on 6 May.

But that's far from the whole story. The biggest upset did not come, as was expected, from Jean-Luc Mélenchon, the maverick leftwing Socialist dissident in coalition with with the remains of the Communists – but from Marine Le Pen's far-right Front National.

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France’s new far-right leader tries to make party respectable _ but many see greater danger

PARIS — Marine Le Pen has purged the old guard from her father’s extreme-right National Front party and is reaching out to Jews, maligned under his leadership, in her bid to be the next president

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