Los Angeles Times

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Surprise showingNational Front party leader and French presidential candidate Jean-Marie Le Pen speaks from his headquarters in Saint Cloud outside Paris after early results showed him placed second in the first round of the presidential election on April 21. Le Pen's "French First" campaign has included controversial stands on issues, such as comparing immigration to an invasion and blaming foreigners for rising unemployment and urban violence. He claims he is saying aloud what others think privately. Le Pen is expected to face President Jacques Chirac in the May 5 result. AP/Francois Mori
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