Marion Marechal-Le Pen

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Marine Le Pen. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol

The first round of France’s parliamentary polls on Sunday provided another good election night for the Le Pen family.

Not only did Marine Le Pen, leader of the far right National Front, win an impressive 42 per cent of the vote to take a clear lead in the race to capture the Henin-Beaumont constituency in the north of the country: down south in the Vaucluse department, her niece Marion Marechal-Le Pen also took the lead in her seat, outscoring Jean-Michel Ferrand, the incumbent centre-right UMP deputy, and the socialist candidate, with 35 per cent of the vote.