Marion Anne Perrine Le Pen, known as Marine Le Pen is a French politician who is the president of the National Front, a national-conservative political party in France and one of its main political forces.
France, officially the French Republic, is a transcontinental country comprising territory in western Europe and several overseas regions and territories.
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An attorney by profession, she is the youngest daughter of longtime FN leader Jean-Marie Le Pen.
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She is the aunt of Marion Maréchal-Le Pen.
Marion Jeanne Caroline Maréchal-Le Pen is a French politician, granddaughter of Front national founder Jean-Marie Le Pen, and niece of current FN president Marine Le Pen.
Le Pen joined the National Front in 1986 and has been elected as a regional councillor, a Member of European Parliament, and a municipal councillor in Hénin-Beaumont.
A Member of the European Parliament is a person who has been elected to serve as a popular representative in the European Parliament.
Hénin-Beaumont is a commune in the Pas-de-Calais department in the Hauts-de-France region of France.
The European Parliament is the directly elected parliamentary institution of the European Union.
She was a candidate for the leadership of the FN in 2011 and won with 67.65% of the vote, defeating her opponent Bruno Gollnisch and succeeding her father Jean-Marie Le Pen, president of the party for nearly forty years.
In 2012, she placed third in the presidential election with 17.90% of the vote, behind François Hollande and Nicolas Sarkozy.
François Gérard Georges Nicolas Hollande is a French politician who has been President of the French Republic since being elected to the position in 2012.
Nicolas Sarkozy is a French politician who served as the President of France from 16 May 2007 until 15 May 2012.
Described as more democratic and republican than her nationalist father, she has led a movement of "de-demonization of the Front National" to detoxify it and soften its image, based on renovated positions and renewed teams, also expelling controversial members accused of racism, antisemitism or pétainism.
Nationalism is a shared group feeling in the significance of a geographical and sometimes demographic region seeking independence for its culture or ethnicity that holds that group together.
Racism is a product of the complex interaction in a given society of a race-based worldview with prejudice, stereotyping, and discrimination.
Antisemitism is hostility, prejudice, or discrimination against Jews.
An important moment was when she said that the Holocaust was the "height of barbarism" while her father had infamously referred to it as "a detail in the history of World War II".
The Holocaust, also known as the Shoah, was a genocide in which Adolf Hitler's Nazi Germany and its collaborators killed about six million Jews.
World War II, also known as the Second World War, was a global war that lasted from 1939 to 1945, although related conflicts began earlier.
She finally expelled her father from the party on 20 August 2015 after new controversial statements.
She has also relaxed some political positions of the party, advocating for civil unions for same-sex couples instead of her party's previous opposition to legal recognition of same-sex partnerships.
A civil union, also referred to by a variety of other names, is a legally recognized arrangement similar to marriage.
Le Pen was ranked among the most influential people in 2011 and 2015 by the Time 100.
Time 100 is an annual list of the 100 most influential people in the American world assembled by the American news magazine Time.
In 2016, she was ranked as second-most influential MEP in the European Parliament by Politico, just behind the President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz.
Politico is an American political-journalism organization based in Arlington County, Virginia, that covers politics and policy in the United States and internationally.
Martin Schulz is a German and European Social Democratic politician serving as the President of the European Parliament since 2012.