Marine Le Pen: the estranged daughter tied to a very public life | profile
The merciless interrupt of attachments with her father-god has hung over the horse-hugging hardliners run for the French presidency
Backstage at a rallying in south France in the early days of the presidential race, Marine Le Pen took a whiff on the electronic cigarette that has changed her two-packets-a-day tobacco attire. Im going to run a joyful expedition, she smiled.
Le Pen is intended to soften her harsh persona and soothe voters she had constituted for slides hugging horses and pet kittens but likewise to offer a hardline curriculum she belief would reassure a French person despair of decades of mass unemployment and a lingering terrorist threat.
The aim, as ever for the far-right Front National founded by her leader, Jean-Marie Le Pen, in 1972, was obstructing France for the French. There would be a referendum to change national constitutions so that national priority would be given to French people over non-nationals in tasks, home and aid. There would be another referendum to leave the European union. Le Pen promised an migration clampdown and a ban on religious emblems, includes the Muslim headscarf, from all public places in France.
Marine Le Pen, 48, is the closest she has ever been to the French presidency with a chance of preparing it to the final runoff in an election that is impossible to prophesy. In the six years old since she took over the working party from her papa, she has steadily increased her partys vote in every local and European election. If her ex-paratrooper, Holocaust-denying, provocateur father-god was content to be a objection referendum, Marine Le Pen wants supremacy and political office.