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Marine Le Pen Says She’ll Run for a Seat in France’s Parliament

At the same time, Mr. Macron has upset the political equation, drawing from the left and right to win the presidency and to create his government. The new president now is looking across the political spectrum for a parliamentary majority to support his agenda.

“We are in reality the only opposition movement,” Ms. Le Pen said.

“We will have an essential role to play,” she said, repeating her contention that the left-right divide had been replaced by a contest between “globalists, Europeanists and nationalists” like herself.

Ms. Le Pen is counting on the 10.6 million votes she received as a presidential candidate to propel her anti-immigration party into Parliament in the June 11 and June 18 elections.

The party also hopes to pick up votes from “electoral orphans” unsatisfied with Mr. Macron and feeling betrayed by the mainstream right, the National Front’s secretary general, Nicolas Bay, said this week.

The National Front plans to field candidates for each of France’s 577 electoral districts, hoping to block Mr. Macron’s movement from obtaining a majority of seats and to secure a strong bloc of its own to counter the president’s new government.

The party recently lost a rising star who served as a unifier on its conservative southern flank. One of the National Front’s two current lawmakers — Ms. Le Pen’s niece, Marion Maréchal-Le Pen — announced last week that she was leaving politics, at least temporarily.

Jean-Marie Le Pen, Marine Le Pen’s father, likened his granddaughter’s exit from politics to a “desertion.”

Mr. Le Pen, who was expelled from the party he co-founded because of his penchant for making anti-Semitic comments, is backing up to 200 parliamentary candidates through a conservative alliance, the Union of Patriots.

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