Far-right Vox party supporters attend an election campaign event in Madrid.
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Several of this year's far-right candidates in Europe are well under 30 as are some of their most ardent supporters. In Belgium, the telegenic Dries Van Langenhove, who is among the top picks on the list for the far-right party Vlaams Belang, is 26 . In France, the head of the National Rally slate for the upcoming European elections is 23 and has been a card-carrying party member since the age of 16 . These candidates are part of a growing attempt by Europe's far-right parties to gear their anti-migration, Euroskeptic message to the young, with everything from beer nights for adults and bouncy castles for kids to an outsized presence on social media, the Associated Press has found. Young European voters are responding with a rightward shift sometimes faster and farther than their elders as illustrated by voting results or party rolls from Italy, France, Spain and Austria. It's a significant change from where the far right found itself in Europe's postwar era: identified with the Nazis and a Holocaust that killed 6 million Jews, marginalized by governments and eclipsed by a unifying Europe.Marine Le Pen rebranded her father's far-right National Front party as the National Rally after losing the presidency to Emmanuel Macron in 2017 . Despite the loss, she made important inroads among young French voters over her previous attempt in 2012, easily outstripping all the traditional parties in polling among the young as well as the far-left candidate.
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