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Although the far-right did not achieve the victory it had hoped for, it is still a force to be reckoned with in the French parliament.

In the 2017 elections, the far-right National Reunion (RN) won only eight seats. In 2022: they won 89. The party won 143 seats, according to the count.

If successful, Jordan Bardella’s party would also have the most seats of any individual party – the left-wing New Popular Front (NPF) coalition is a multi-party coalition forming a united front.

Unlike its political rival, the far left, the ultra-right did not emerge recently. It has a long and complicated history in France.

Founded by Marine Le Pen’s father, Jean-Marie Le Pen, a convicted Holocaust denier with extremist views on migration, the party was long considered by many in France to be an unviable political option.

In recent years, Marine Le Pen has sought to change the way the party is viewed after removing her father as party leader and bringing in 28-year-old Jordan Bardella as leader.

Bardella has been chosen as the new face of an old party seeking to renew itself. Le Pen has one goal: to soften the party’s image and achieve exactly what she did in the recent election – to convince a wider group of voters that her party will represent them.

Source: CNN Brasil

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