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    Upcoming elections in France show rising populism in Europe

    On April 23, France will hold the first round of its presidential elections. Due to low popularity, current President Francois Hollande announced that he will not be running for reelection, opening up the election to five potential candidates. The current frontrunner, Marine Le Pen from the far-right Front National party, has a comfortable lead in the polls. Le Pen took over the party leadership from her father and has gained considerable attention this election. She is running on a platform of slashing legal immigration, deporting illegal immigrants, increasing police numbers and prison places. Le Pen also wants to hold a referendum for France to leave the European Union and the…