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  Anti-Euro Le Pen Party Wins First Parliament Seats In 15 Years
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Last EditedHikikomori Blitzkrieg!  Jun 17, 2012 10:22pm
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AuthorHelene Fouquet
News DateSunday, June 17, 2012 11:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionFrance’s anti-immigrant National Front party, which calls for the country’s exit from the euro, won two seats in the parliamentary elections, its first such victory in 15 years.
Marion Marechal-Le Pen, 22, the granddaughter of the party’s founder Jean-Marie Le Pen, 84, won one of party’s seats in yesterday’s legislative elections, with Gilbert Collard winning the other. Marechal-Le Pen will be the first Le Pen in parliament since 1988 and its youngest member since the founding of the Fifth Republic in 1958.
“The ideas that we represent will finally be present at the National Assembly,” Marion Marechal-Le Pen, the niece of the party’s leader Marine Le Pen, said in her victory speech. She promised to defend the national identity, economic protectionism and social welfare during her five-year mandate. Jean-Marie Le Pen was quoted by Agence France-Presse as welcoming her victory saying, “she comes from good stock.”
The arrival of a Le Pen at the National Assembly marks a victory for the party, which has sought to move to the mainstream, breaking from the founder’s anti-Jewish and xenophobic stances. Marine Le Pen, the founder’s daughter who failed to win a seat, has tried to make the party more respectable.
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