French citizens are turning out in droves to hear Marine Le Pen speak. The far-right Front National’s message of strengthened national security is gaining traction in the wake of the Paris attacks. Can the Socialists catch up?
Le Pen published the photos in response to a journalist who had compared the far right to jihadi militants. The Front National politician faces up to three years in prison if found guilty.
The far-right party must transform into a "rallying point to form a majority," Le Pen said at a party congress. She has tried to capitalize on a newfound visibility after her near-success at the presidential election.
The French Front National's congress this weekend is an attempt to relaunch the far-right party ahead of next year's European elections. But can the party regain its mainstream appeal? Lisa Louis reports from Paris.
The far-right leader has appeared before judges over the alleged misuse of European Union funds to pay her parliamentary assistants. Le Pen won a seat in the French National Assembly a fortnight ago.
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