When Jean-Marie Le Pen made it to the second round in 2002, France was in a very different mood.
It might look like an odd move, but quitting your party in the middle of a presidential election plays into a particular myth that might appeal to voters.
The first round of the presidential election has left French citizens and politicians divided – and the top candidates' four-way split doesn't favour governance of the country.
François Hollande promised to make France’s youth a priority, but was a disappointment to them. While current candidates often showcase young supporters, will they have a voice after the election?
In the French graphic-novel series La Présidente, François Durpaire, Laurent Muller and Farid Boudjellal imagine what might happen if Marine Le Pen wins the presidential election.
France's Front National party has tried to distance itself from anti-Semitism – with limited success.
The only thing needed for Europe to leap towards further political integration is for French and German heads of state to support it.
2017 could be the year of the far-right in Europe, and spell the end of the EU.
The far-right candidate has published a 144-point plan for her proposed presidency.
Here are five political leaders from around the world who are emerging as significant talents and possible contenders for influence in 2017 and beyond.
The Front National leader is feeling confident after Brexit and Trump.
Radical right populists are on the brink of power in Austria and making gains across the region. And the European leaders who once were willing to publicly condemn them are silent now.
All across the continent, euroscepticism is offering a new outlet for old feelings.
Sweeping changes to employment law are of far greater concern than allegations that the Front National has been avoiding tax.
France was left reeling by the attacks of January 2015 and things only got worse as the year unfolded – so why the political inertia?
The French regional elections were far from a nationalist wipeout. But can Marine Le Pen make good on what the party has achieved?
After storming the first round of France's regional elections, Marine Le Pen's far-right party has been humiliated. But all is not lost.
With its share of the vote rising with each election, can the extreme-right party take power on its own? The example of the French communists during the postwar boom suggests otherwise.
France's extreme-right party has national ambitions, but its lead in the first round of local elections puts it in direct contradiction with its long-proclaimed ideology.
The far-right Front National leads after the first round of voting, leaving Hollande and Sarkozy with some thinking to do.