Win or lose, Marine Le Pen is a nightmare for the EU

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Who is Marine Le Pen? 01:47Pieter Cleppe is the head of the Brussels office of Open Europe, an independent think tank specializing in policy in Europe and the European Union. The opinions in this article belong to the author.

(CNN)France goes to the polls Sunday to vote in the first round of its presidential elections. The campaign has been dogged throughout by scandals, gaffes and surprises.

However, in the year following Britain’s decision to leave the European Union and American voters sending Donald Trump to the White House, one candidate has dominated media coverage: the populist, nationalist, far-right Marine Le Pen.Le Pen’s National Front Party has a long history of euroskepticism and promotes a number of policies that are anathema to the high-minded principles behind the European project.

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