Marine Le Pen's campaign to make France great again
Date Written: 2016-05-01
Year Published: 2016
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX21974
A look at Marine Len Pen, leader of the far-right National Front Party (FN), and the events and circumstances that led to her party's rise in popularity from a fringe movement to the forefront of French politics.
The official seat of the European Parliament is a steel and glass city within a city that spreads out across the Ill River in Strasbourg, France. Completed in 1999, at a cost of about half a billion dollars, the two-million-square-foot structure was conceived as a symbol of the European Union's postwar utopian vision. In its gleaming vastness, with multiple cylindrical halls that resemble giant gears, the complex calls to mind an ultramodern factory. It is difficult to say what exactly is being produced by the thousands of delegates, aides, and staff who bustle along the building's elevated oak walkways, but the profusion of Greek and Latin nomenclature (the plenary chamber is called the hemicycle; the visitors' gallery is the tribune) might lead one to believe that the primary output of the place is democracy.