http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-39696861So what does this mean exactly? I'm not well versed in parliamentary things.
MUMMY STEPS DOWN AS FN LEADER
Nothing. I'm not sure if she completely left her party or just is no longer the president of it. If it's the first she's technically running as an independent now. If it's the latter literally nothing changes. In the end, this is just a publicity move to get some votes. Hopefully the French are smart enough to see through how cheap of a trick this is. Her party, FN, was notorious having a lot of racist and anti-semitic undertones in the past. The founder and long time leader (her father) is pretty well known for saying there's too many blacks in French sport teams, questioning parts of the holocaust and referring to gas chambers as "a detail" among heaps of other similar things. The party itself is the neo-nazi's group of choice and makes it into the news very regularly as many of its members cause controversy with racist, homophobic and anti-semitic statements
. There's plenty written about
the party's generally terrible views on a wide array of things.
Marine has for a few years been trying to change public opinion on this and have the party seen as more moderate. Many people believe that she's really no better than her father, but that she just does a much better job at being subtle and not openly saying the things he did. Her resignation is probably little more than an attempt to win over undecided voters whose candidate didn't make it through the first round. She's distancing herself from FN in the hopes that people will just listen to her anti-immigration talking points and forget about the history of the party.