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'Anything is possible' France's Front National crows over humbling of Merkel in Germany

Controversial politician Marine Le Pen said the demolition of the German leader in her own back yard by Alternative fur Deutschland (AfD) has given her hopes of becoming the next French president a huge boost. 
The anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim AfD pushed Mrs Merkel’s ruling conservatives into third place in a humiliating regional election result in her own constituency this week. Ms Le Pen, whose father Jean-Marie founded the FN, is planning to run against Francois Hollande for the presidency next year and has polled strongly amid a wave of Islamist terror attacks in France. 
And welcoming the result in Germany today, she tweeted: “What was impossible yesterday has become possible, the AFD patriots have swept away Merkel’s party. My congratulations!”
The AfD took over 21.9 per cent of the vote in Sunday’s election, pushing Mrs Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) into third place with a paltry 19 per cent of the vote.The far-right party was only founded in 2013 as an anti-euro movement and has capitalised on a nationalist backlash against the German leader's welcome for more than a million migrants last year. 
Following the disastrous results Mrs Merkel came under intense pressure to perform a u-turn over her controversial refugee policy.
After they were announced Mrs Merkel said: “We must all reflect on what we can do to build confidence among Germans and, of course, in me.”Germany's leading lady did, however, stand by her decision to have a leniant migrant policy. 
She has taken on responsibility for the party’s election defeat, saying: “I am the party chair, I am the Chancellor. In the eyes of the people, this cannot be separated. And therefore, Iam of course also responsible.”
The German chancellor’s decision to welcome migrants into her country has left her increasingly isolated in Europe and exposed her to heavy criticism in Germany. The AfD's lead candidate Leif-Erik Holm has called the result a "proud result for a young party”. 
Like the AfD, Le Pen’s National Front is opposed to open-door immigration policy and is sceptical of the European Union, which it sees as a threat to France’s national identity. Ms Le Pen has promised France its own referendum on membership like the Brexit vote if she is elected president and the Front National the leading party in parliament. 
Earlier this week the leader of the anti-immigration movement began her presidential campaign promising to crush radical Islam and terrorism. 
She has also called on France to leave the EU after the “apocalyptic” claims of what would happen to Britain following a vote for Brexit did not come true. 
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