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'Disowned' Le Pen is ashamed of his daughter

Henry Samuel

Published 06/05/2015 | 02:30

France's far-right National Front political party founder and honorary president Jean-Marie Le Pen. Photo: Reuters
France's far-right National Front political party founder and honorary president Jean-Marie Le Pen. Photo: Reuters
France's far-right National Front political party leader Marine Le Pen waves to the audience at the end of her speech during their traditional May Day tribute to Joan of Arc in Paris. Photo: Reuters
Marion Marechal Le Pen, the youngest of the French dynasty.
Marion LePen

France's National Front party founder Jean-Marie Le Pen says he is "ashamed" his daughter - FN leader Marine - still bears his surname. Amid a growing feud, Mr Le Pen said he hoped she "would get married as quickly as possible so as to change her name". He added he would not support Marine in presidential elections in 2017.

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His remarks came after the far-right party suspended Mr Le Pen (86), after he repeated his view that the Holocaust was "a detail of history".

Marine Le Pen (46), has been trying to steer the National Front (FN) away from its racist and anti-Semitic past.

Speaking to France's Europe 1 radio, Mr Le Pen said: "I was hoping that the president of the National Front would get married as quickly as possible so as to change her name.

"Because I'm ashamed that she has the same surname as me."

And asked if he would still be supporting his daughter in the presidential elections, Mr Le Pen answered: "Not for the moment."

Mr Le Pen has been suspended but not dismissed by the party - a decision he described as a "felony". Mr Le Pen said he had been "disowned", as he left FN headquarters in Nanterre. Marine Le Pen said before the meeting her father should "no longer be able to speak in the name of the National Front".

"I've never spoken in the name of the FN. I speak freely and that shocks a certain number of people," he said.

Le Pen took to the stage on May 1 while his daughter was addressing party supporters in Paris. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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