Can Marine Le Pen Win the Hearts and Minds – and Votes – of French Jews? She Believes She Can

Marine Le Pen, leader of France's far-right National Rally, is currently polling ahead of Emmanuel Macron for the 2022 presidential election. Has she changed, or has her country? And will the nation's Jews follow?

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Marine Le Pen, leader of the far-right National Rally party in France.
Marine Le Pen, leader of the far-right National Rally party in France.Credit: Christian Hartmann/Reuters

It was unthinkable just a few short years ago, but Marine Le Pen is now closer than ever to becoming France’s president. Based on the latest opinion polls, she is three percentage points ahead of the incumbent, Emmanuel Macron, and is only marginally trailing him in second-round polling.

Even the country’s finance minister, Bruno Le Maire, has conceded that the far-right firebrand could win next spring’s election.

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