Marine Le Pen Launches French Presidential Bid

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Marine Le Pen, France's National Front political party leader (C), gestures as she attends the Front National party's weekend summer university youth meeting with her father Jean Marie Le Pen (L) and Frejus Mayor David Rachline (R) in Frejus September 7, 2014.

French far-right politician Marine Le Pen on Sunday officially launched her bid to become France’s next president. “What is at stake in this election... is whether France can still be a free nation,” Le Pen said at a rally in Lyon. “The divide is not between the left and the right anymore but between patriots and globalists!” Le Pen is a fan of U.S. President Donald Trump, as both have struck similar nationalist, populist tones in their respective campaigns. France’s two-round elections begin in April. Her more moderate conservative opponent, former Prime Minister Francois Fillon, is embroiled in a scandal over his family members’ reported “no-show” government jobs.