We are going to make the FN a great popular forceFrench far-right selects new leader Jan 17, 2011
We should take no responsibility for the choice on May 6Le Pen tells Front National to stay home May 01, 2007
The emergence of political headquarters represents the next generation of Internet-based political campaigningSecond Life attracts French politicians Mar 30, 2007
Either France defeats hostile foreign powers or it tamely abandons through the ballot box its history and its soul to the enemy forces of globalized capitalism, communitarism and uncontrolled immigrationLe Pen moderates rhetoric for new campaign Sep 21, 2006
The winner of the primary will necessarily obtain no more than 15 percentLe Pen says he'll make presidential runoff Aug 08, 2005
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.