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She's determined to be France's first female president. And it's first far right leader since World War II. Marine Le Pen bringing the National Front from fringe status into the political spotlight and through to the final two for Sunday's election. Reuters' Adrian Croft in Paris says her political roots were planted early.
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>> Well, she's lived and breathed national politics ever since she was a child. She was born in 1968, that was four years before her father, Jean-Marie Le Pen launched the party, and one of the events that marks her childhood the most was when her bomb exploded outside a family apartment when she was eight years old, damaging the apartment, although none of her family were injured.
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She's been married and divorced twice, both times to men who were associated with the National Front. So she's been involved in it really all of her life.>>
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> Since taking the helm in 2011, La Pen has worked hard to rid the party of the anti-Semitic image it acquired under the nearly 40 year leadership of her father, even expelling him from the party in 2015.
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Now, the focus is an anti immigrant Euro skeptic force. She'll hold a referendum on Frexit within six months, has plans to ditch the Euro and control borders, garnering surging support in rural France.>> She's sort of a street fighter, she's very combative, and she's on the television. She often accuses the press of being biased against her.
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She questions the assumptions of the questions that she's asked. So she's a tough cookie. She's had a training as a lawyer and actually worked, for a number of years, in criminal courts in Paris and that shows in how she deals with questions.>>
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The polls suggest she'll lose the run off to Macron by about 20 points.
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The Independent candidate calls her a demagogue. And an heiress raised in a Chateau. But with the possibility of a high abstention rate, coupled with the phenomenon of voters casting blank votes particularly amongst the hard left. This underdog could yet come out on top.
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