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Le Pen’s French National Front eyes route to power

It was a result the leaders of France’s other political parties could only dream of. Marine Le Pen, head of the far-right National Front (FN) party, was re-elected on Sunday with 100% of her party’s vote. After leading the Front to a string of electoral gains over the past three years, she stood for re-election uncontested by any other candidate. But what does her leadership mean for the party, and for the country, as it heads towards a presidential race in 2017? Sometimes in politics it is the medium that counts. ‘Devil’s cloak’ The core message from the National Front – for greater nationalism and an end to immigration – has not really changed for decades, but the messenger has….