Martin Quencez currently serves as a fellow at GMF’s Paris Office. His work includes research on transatlantic security and defense cooperation, French foreign policy, and South Asian affairs. Prior to joining GMF, he worked for the Institute of Defense Studies and Analyses (IDSA) in New Delhi, where he focused on French and Indian strategic thinking. He holds a bachelor’s from the French Institute of Political Studies, and a master’s from the Paris School of International Affairs – Sciences Po.
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Back in 2011, when Marine Le Pen became president of the Front National, she set about an ambitious project of reshaping the party in her image. She aimed to preserve the core elements of national populism that defined FN’s vision under the direction of her father, Jean-Marie Le Pen, while forging a new balance between identity politics and the defense of the social welfare state, thereby targeting the French working-class and modest middle-class voters.