Marine Le Pen steps down as Front National leader hours after election boost

MARINE Le Pen has said she will be temporarily stepping down as the leader of her Front National party less than 24 hours after she reached the second round of the French presidential election.

The shocking news comes a day after Centrist Emmanuel Macron won the first round of the French presidential elections and Mrs Le Pen came second.

The leader of the Front National is stepping down in an attempt to attract more voters and distance herself from the Front National, which is seen by many as too far-right with racist and anti-Semitic connotations.

Mrs Le Pen said: “I think that we’re approaching a decisive moment. I’ve always believed that the president should be the president of all the French people and reflect the French public in its entirety.

“I believe that you should act on your words, and it is for that reason that I will be stepping down as head of the Front National.

“Therefore as of tonight I am no longer the president of the Front National, I am a candidate of the presidential election.

“I will be above partisan considerations, and I think this is an important move.”

I don’t understand this at all. Are there any French people who can explain it to the rest of us? Merci.