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In March 2014, Marine Le Pen’s National Front took charge of eleven municipalities, among them Hayange, a city of 16,000 in northeastern France, where the unemployment rate rose to 15 percent after the closing of a local steel mill. The new mayor, thirty-six-year-old Fabien Engelmann, is concerned about poverty, class insecurity, union struggles, and globalization. But he has also adopted his party’s rhetoric on social issues. Among his first acts as mayor was to create a Pig Festival (fête du cochon). This report presents the residents of Hayange speaking in their own words about their attraction to the National Front. They illustrate what a France led by Marine Le Pen might look like.

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May 2016

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