Marion Maréchal-Le Pen, the niece of Marine Le Pen who was widely tipped to succeed her as leader of the Front National, is reportedly stepping down from politics.

Ms Maréchal-Le Pen, 27, was quoted by Le Parisien as saying she had made a “personal choice” to quit the political scene.

The French newspaper said she had already informed Marine Le Pen, who was decisively defeated by centrist Emmanuel Macron in Sunday’s election, along with other colleagues.

“I respect her choice. I know how demanding political life can be,” the current Front National leader said after learning of her niece’s decision.

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