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'France is no longer free': Marine Le Pen's niece brings French far right to CPAC

Marion Le Pen’s speech at the conference was well received but her attendance also brought controversy as many American conservatives expressed dismay

Far right French politician Marion Maréchal-Le Pen addressed a leading conservative conference outside Washington DC on Thursday as part of growing effort by those on the right to link the rise of Donald Trump in the United States with populist nationalism across Europe.

Maréchal-Le Pen is the granddaughter of Jean-Marie Le Pen, the founder of the far right National Front and the niece of the party’s current leader Marine Le Pen. She was elected to represent it in the French National Assembly in 2012 at the age of 22 but has since taken a step back from politics.

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