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Jordan Bardella

Jordan Bardella was a political neophyte when he led the ticket in last May’s European Union elections for Marine Le Pen’s far-right National Rally party. Yet he—and his fierce anti-immigrant message—edged out President Emmanuel Macron’s group, with National Rally coming in first in France. Now a member of the E.U. Parliament and his party’s second vice president, the politician says his priorities are “stopping immigration and protecting our economy.” Bardella’s nationalist fervor has been welcomed by Le Pen, who has struggled to define her party’s role ever since Macron crushed her in the 2017 presidential race. With his hard-line views in the E.U., Bardella can now try to define it for her. —Vivienne Walt

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