Marine Le Pen temporarily stepping down as National Front party leader

French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen has announced that she is temporarily stepping down as head of her National Front party.

Monday’s move appears to be a way for Le Pen to embrace a wide range of potential voters ahead of the May 7 runoff between herself and Emmanuel Macron, the independent centrist who came in first in Sunday’s first round.

This doesn’t make sense to me. It seems a near repudiation of her own party and platform. It will not likely work as she is up against long odds in round 2 and it unfortunately appears desperation has set in.

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