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A test of France's check on extremism

May 3, 2017 - The Washington Post

PARIS - The last time the National Front was on the verge of power, in 2002, nearly 2 million people took to the streets of France to reject the party of far-right extremism.

Those protests took their toll: Jean-Marie Le Pen, the convicted Holocaust denier and co-founder of the National Front, was crushed in the election's final round, receiving 17.8 percent of the vote that year. In a symbol of political sacrifice, some leftists even wore clothespins over their noses as they voted for Jac

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