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Far right picks 23-year-old to lead EU election campaign

Politico, Jan 7

France's National Rally appointed a 23-year-old party spokesman to lead its 2019 European election campaign, its vice president said Monday.
"It will be Jordan Bardella, because in troubled times we need to show that in well-established political parties like ours, we also give the chance to young people coming from working-class backgrounds," Louis Aliot said.

The National Rally (formerly the National Front) has been ahead in polling for the upcoming European Parliament election on 24 percent — a 3 percentage-point increase from September. Emmanuel Macron's La République en Marche is 5 percentage points behind the far right.

Bardella, as the first candidate on the National Rally list, has ties to Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini.

National Rally President Marine Le Pen will also feature on the election list but will almost certainly remain a member of the French National Assembly instead of rejoining the European Parliament.

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