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The French far-right National Grouping party will elect its new leader this Saturday

Marine LePen – Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/dpa

The French far-right National Grouping party will elect its new leader this Saturday to replace Marine Le Pen — who has decided to leave office to focus on the presidential elections — with the current acting head, Jordan Bardella, as the great favorite .

The announcement will take place at a party conference after an online vote.

Le Pen took over the reins of the party from his father, Jean-Marie Le Pen, in 2011, and seven years later renamed what was known as the former National Front, to make the formation a far-right more adapted to the current times, far from the stagnation that its predecessor represented.

The number to follow will be the percentage of support that Bardella receives. According to party sources told TV5, “the question is the extent of his victory.” Bardella has scored at least 67.65% of the votes, the score obtained by Marine Le Pen against Bruno Gollnisch to succeed Jean-Marie eleven years ago.

Le Pen will thus almost in all probability pass the baton to the mayor of Perpignan, in a repetition of what happened a year ago when he decided to face Emmanuel Macron in the presidential elections, where he ended up defeated.

In the future, Le Pen wants to focus on the leadership of her party’s parliamentary bloc, the most important force in Parliament since the June elections, with 89 seats.

This Saturday will be the first time that there will not be a Le Pen at the head of the party since its foundation 50 years ago, but it so happens that Bardella maintains a romantic relationship with Le Pen’s niece.

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