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Extreme Views on Race Still Cling to French Candidate Marine Le Pen

Le Pen and her allies have been embroiled in a series of controversies that may feed into April’s presidential elections. 

Marine Le Pen speaks in Frejus, France, on Sept. 12.

Marine Le Pen speaks in Frejus, France, on Sept. 12.

Photographer: Valery Hache/AFP/Getty Images

Marine Le Pen’s decision to entrust Jordan Bardella with the leadership of her party during the presidential campaign is the latest sign her movement isn’t budging far from its troubled roots.

Bardella, a member of the European Parliament who turns 26 on Monday, will take over Le Pen’s National Rally until at least the first round of the vote in April. The announcement was made on Sunday.