Has Marine Le Pen’s traumatic past made her tough or terrified?

Marine Le Pen, 48, is said to be charming, funny and charismatic. She loves cats and karaoke and on May 7 she could be the next President of France. But behind the charm lies a peculiar past that has 1shaped her vision of the world.

Marine is the daughter of ultra-right 2firebrand Jean-Marie Le Pen, who led France’s National Front from 1972 until 2015, when he referred to the holocaust as a “detail of history” and Marine expelled him from the party.


She spent her early years in a Paris apartment with her three sisters and a 3nanny while her father Jean-Marie and rather beautiful mother Pierette Lalanne held parties and political meetings in the apartment below. Christmas was sometimes spent with nanny too – her parents loved to travel and 4were not always back in time.

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Osas: a Nigerian immigrant sent into limbo by the authorities

The first time I met Nigerian immigrant Osas Eyagbon was at the entrance to Carrefour in Villalba. He wanted to help me with my shopping in return for some 1change. After some months, I asked if he would help me to move an armchair that I had bought second hand. He wanted to 2remove the front door of the 3seller’s apartment to get the chair out. He practically 4had it off, but we persuaded him it was not a good idea and we pushed the chair through the available space instead.


Osas then ran through the streets balancing this armchair on the wheels of a 5shopping trolley for 20 minutes before pulling it up four 6flights of stairs. At the top, he hit his head so hard on the corner of a cupboard that a piece of wood came off. He 7rubbed his head and laughed.

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Alike: the Goya-winning short film that depicts how we crush creativity


Alike is a short film by Daniel Martínez Lara and Rafa Cano Méndez that illustrates how we turn our children from 1bundles of creative energy 2brimming with ideas into duplicates of ourselves with no initiative in the belief that we are educating them.


In 2016, it won a Goya for best-animated film after being shown at film festivals around the world and now the directors have decided to 3upload the entire film onto internet so that more people can see it. So far it has had more than 5 million views.

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Three therapists talk confidence in kids

When I was small, my mother put me in a large 1pram, which she parked at the end of the garden so she couldn’t hear me. We lived on a farm on the east coast of Scotland where the weather was bad. But as long as it wasn’t pouring with rain, that’s where I stayed for a couple of hours every day.


When I reached the age of five, my mother waved from the back door of our house as my sister and I joined the other farm children for the two-mile walk across the fields to school. The journeys were 2challenging. There was Flika, the Shetland pony with sharp teeth, Bruno the paranoid Labrador and Willy and Ian, a couple of boys who had cut a dog’s head off with an 3axe and loved to push us into the 4nettles that grew along the sides of the path.

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