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Published 13 April 2017

A number of attacks have taken place at National Front offices throughout the country in recent weeks.

Late Wednesday night, the Paris headquarters of far-right French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen was hit by Molotov cocktails — and the left-wing group that claimed responsibility have vowed to do the same every day until France’s elections.

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Emergency services were called to the site, who found only minor damage to the building's main entrance and front hallway.

Fighting Xenophobia — the group behind the attack — had intended to cause more damage, saying their action marked 10 years since "thugs" from the National Front, Le Pen’s party, incited a racist attack on a man called Loic.

Le Pen, who is currently leading in the polls for France's first round of presidential elections, said that the attack was led by “an extreme left-wing group acting with impunity,” reported the Daily Mail.

A number of attacks have taken place at National Front offices throughout the country in recent weeks, especially as more comes to light around Le Pen’s ties to neo-Nazis.

Just this week, Le Pen drew protests from her political rivals and the Israeli government on Monday by denying the French state's responsibility for a mass arrest of Jews in Paris during World War II.

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Two weeks before the first round of the election in which she is a frontrunner, Le Pen touched a raw nerve by reopening the debate about the state's role in one of the darkest episodes in French history under the Nazi occupation.

"I think France isn't responsible for the Vel d'Hiv," Le Pen said on Sunday, referring to the German-ordered roundup by French police of 13,000 Jews in July 1942.

Most were crammed into the Velodrome d'Hiver cycling stadium, commonly known as the Vel d'Hiv, before being deported to the Auschwitz concentration camp.

"I think that, in general, if there are people responsible, it is those who were in power at the time. It is not France," Le Pen said in an interview with media groups Le Figaro, RTL and LCI.

Le Pen's rivals pounced on her comments, which could set back her attempts to clean up the image of her anti-immigrant National Front and distance it from the anti-Semitic views of her father, party founder Jean-Marie Le Pen.

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