Marine Le Pen leaves party leadership for 2022 presidential bid

French far-right leader Marine Le Pen confirmed today that she is leaving the leadership of the National Union (RN, French acronym) party after the summer, with a view to her candidacy for the French presidential election in 2022.
“No at the next congress, no, because it is a congress that will legitimize the candidate for the presidential elections and, therefore, I have to be reelected first, but then, yes, because it is necessary that I am not just the RN’s candidate”, affirmed the party leader, in an interview with the French newspaper L’Incorrect, close to his niece Marion Maréchal.
“With a chance of victory [nas eleições presidenciais], which has never been as important as now, I have to be the candidate of all those who want to lead the national struggle ”, he defended.
The leader of the French extreme right said in February that she “was considering” giving up her party’s leadership to be the “candidate [presidencial] of all the French ”although“ obviously supported ”by the movement he leads.
According to party number two Jordan Bardella, a favorite for succession in the leadership, Marine Le Pen’s departure is likely to take place “probably after the summer”.
RN will hold its 17th congress in early July, and is expected to validate Marine Le Pen’s candidacy for the presidential election without contest.
The leader, who was elected president of the National Union in January 2011, replacing her father, Jean-Marie Le Pen, had already “said goodbye” to the party’s leadership before the second round of the 2017 presidential elections.

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