French politician fined for anti-Roma remark

PARIS, Dec. 21 (UPI) -- The founder of a far-right French political party was fined for comments he made likening Roma to thieves at a political rally in September, officials said.

Is France turning racist?

PARIS, Oct. 14 (UPI) -- The stunning success of France's anti-immigrant Front National (FN) party in winning a regional election Sunday with 54 percent of the vote reflects a growing frustration with conventional politics across Europe.
MARTIN WALKER, UPI Editor Emeritus

Panel votes to lift legal immunity for French MEP Marine Le Pen

BRUSSELS, June 4 (UPI) -- French right-wing leader Marine Le Pen is facing the loss her European Parliament immunity to prosecution under hate speech laws, an MEP confirmed.
A French vote shock?

A French vote shock?

PARIS, April 16 (UPI) -- If momentum and popular enthusiasm can transform a country's politics, France faces a dramatic shock in Sunday's first round of presidential elections.
MARTIN WALKER, UPI Editor Emeritus

Marine Le Pen gears up for president run

PARIS, March 17 (UPI) -- Marine Le Pen, head of the far-right Front National, attacked French President Nicolas Sarkozy in an interview released Wednesday.
French far-right selects new leader

French far-right selects new leader

PARIS, Jan. 17 (UPI) -- France's far-right National Front has chosen as its head the group's "first daughter" Marine Le Pen, who is set to unnerve President Nicolas Sarkozy in the run-up to next year's elections.

Le Pen daughter takes over rightist party

TOURS, France, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- Marine Le Pen Sunday took over leadership of France's far-right National Front from her father, Jean-Marie Le Pen.
French rightists elect woman as leader

French rightists elect woman as leader

TOURS, France, Jan. 15 (UPI) -- France's far-right National Front party has elected the daughter of its leader for 40 years to run the group, media reports said.
Le Pen's daughter to take over party

Le Pen's daughter to take over party

PARIS, April 13 (UPI) -- The daughter of French far-right leader Jean-Marie Le Pen plans to take over his National Front party.

French leader guilty over Nazi comments

PARIS, Feb. 9 (UPI) -- French far-right leader Jean-Marie Le Pen plans to appeal his conviction for denying the Nazis committed crimes against humanity during the World War II era.

Le Pen 'Nazi trial' under way

PARIS, Dec. 15 (UPI) -- French far-right extremist Jean-Marie Le Pen faces a year in prison if he is convicted of denying Nazi crimes against humanity.

Le Pen tells Front National to stay home

PARIS, May 1 (UPI) -- Jean-Marie Le Pen, leader of the right-wing Front National, told his followers Tuesday they should abstain from the upcoming presidential vote.

France presidential race heads to runoff

PARIS, April 23 (UPI) -- Voters in France's presidential election sent the two top candidates into a runoff campaign in the closest race the country has seen in years.

Sarkozy, Royal in French runoff

PARIS, April 22 (UPI) -- The picture of who will be France's next president became clearer Sunday when Nicolas Sarkozy and Segolene Royal finished 1-2 in the first round of voting.

French voters mark 'day of reflection'

PARIS, April 21 (UPI) -- French voters spent a campaign-free "day of reflection" Saturday ahead of Sunday's national elections.
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Jean-Marie Le Pen
Far-right candidate to France's presidential elections Jean-Marie Le Pen speaks to foreign journalists during a press conference in Paris, April 19, 2007. Le Pen, standing in his fifth and probably final presidential election, is a former paratrooper who sees immigration as the source of France's ills. (UPI Photo/Eco Clement)

Jean-Marie Le Pen (French pronunciation: ; born 20 June 1928) is a French conservative and nationalist politician who is founder and president of the Front National (National Front) party. Le Pen has run for the French presidency five times, most notably in 2002, when in a surprise upset he came second, polling more votes in the first round than the main left candidate, Lionel Jospin. Le Pen lost in the second round to Jacques Chirac. Le Pen again ran in the 2007 French presidential election and finished fourth. His 2007 campaign, at the age of 78 years and 9 months, makes him the oldest candidate for presidential office in France.

Le Pen focuses on immigration to France, the European Union, traditional culture, law and order and France's high rate of unemployment. He advocates immigration restrictions, the death penalty, raising incentives for homemakers, and euroscepticism. He strongly opposes same-sex marriage, euthanasia, and abortion.

Le Pen was born in La Trinité-sur-Mer, a small seaside village in Brittany, the son of a fisherman but then orphaned as an adolescent (pupille de la nation, brought up by the state), when his father's boat was blown up by a mine in 1942. He was raised as a Roman Catholic and studied at the Jesuit high school François Xavier in Vannes, then at the lycée of Lorient.

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