This marks the beginning of Le Pen’s second term as chief of the far-right party which was co-founded by her father Jean-Marie Le Pen in 1972. She was first elected as the leader of the party in January 2011, succeeding her father.
The ballot comforted a bid she is widely expected to make for France’s presidency in 2017 elections. In a speech at the convention on Saturday, Jean-Marie Le Pen had renewed his faith that his daughter would one day become President.
The Front National party election came a day after France’s main opposition party, the right-wing UMP, elected former President Nicolas Sarkozy as its leader.
French President François Hollande’s abyssal unpopularity makes analysts believe the 2017 presidential elections could see Marine Le Pen and Sarkozy as the two final candidates.
Since taking leadership of the far-right Front National in 2011, Le Pen has become quite popular among the French and has managed to soften the xenophobic extremist image the party had held under her father.