College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences Theses and Dissertations

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International Studies


France, Marine Le Pen, Front National, eurozone, European politics


This thesis aims to unpack the reasons for the surge in popular support for the far right Populist Party in France, the Front National. The research is conducted according to the methodology that there are three main contributions to the surge, including economic factors, political factors and social issues. Each chapter is dedicated to exploring one of these contributions through the analysis of data such as political polls, economic statistics and public opinion. The main outcomes of the research are Marine Le Pen has been overall successful in moving the Front National from the fray to the mainstream of French politics, and the political situation in France is particularly volatile due to the economic mismanagement during the financial crisis of 2008, so it was more susceptible to growing strength of a far right party.