The younger le pen, a lawyer by trade, began her National Front career running the notably litigious party's legal service.
Marine le pen, meanwhile, seemed to have trouble hiding the fact she has far more to gain if Hollande wins and Sarkozy loses.
In these European elections, le pen is set to quadruple the National Front's 2009 showing.
And Marine le pen will have a full battalion of professionals to draw on in races for years to come.
Here's to hoping there's a powerful pushback against le pen's suggestions.
Marine le pen's far-right National Front won its noisy way into Parliament.
Marine le pen, who placed third in the French presidential elections in May, called for a ban on kippot and headscarfs in public.
Far-right Marine le pen strengthens her position in national politics.
In 2011 Marine le pen took over the helm of the party and in 2012 she made her first play for the presidency.
Those numbers may be the ultimate proof Marine le pen has achieved her goal of de-demonizing her party.