The feuding first family of France's Front National

Composite image of Marine Le Pen and Jean-Marie Le Pen
Like father, like daughter - despite what she would want voters to believe, Marine Le Pen's politics are not far removed from those of her father

Marine Le Pen may be more politically acceptable as they leader of France's far-right party than her father but how different is she?

The Front National, founded in 1972 by the pugnacious Jean-Marie Le Pen, is now in the hands of his more palatable daughter, Marine.

The party won more seats than any other in the 2014 European elections and, in the first round of the 2015 regional elections, it coloured half of the country with its marine blue colour - only to be overrun by coalitions of left and the right in the second ballot. Now, faced with a divided left and a hardline centre-right candidate, François Fillon, the National Front is expected to do well in the upcoming presidential elections. The question is, how well?

Julien Odoul, in his early thirties, has a degree in history and is a National Front regional councillor for the Bourgogne Franche Comté region and local secretary for the Yonne department.

He considers himself as belonging to the centre and did indeed belong to the centre-right UDI party before turning towards the National Front three years ago. Now, he defends an anti-immigration discourse based on the idea of national priority and deeply admires his party’s ‘unquestioned and unquestionable’ leader. He said: “The first thing that characterises her is her courage. She is an extraordinary woman who acts sincerely for the love of her country and is devoted to its recovery. She is a fighter and a visionary, which is difficult to find at the moment. I find it hard to find ...

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