Sunday 26 March 2017

Jean-Marie Le Pen pulls out of regional poll after damaging public row with daughter

Jean-Marie Le Pen founded France's far-right National Front
Jean-Marie Le Pen founded France's far-right National Front

Jean-Marie Le Pen, founder of France's far-right National Front, has said he will not seek the party's ticket for regional polls later this year after a damaging public row with his daughter Marine, now the party leader.

Asked by Le Figaro Magazine about his possible candidacy in the south-east Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region, he said: "No - even though I think I am the best candidate."

In a sign of his family's strong grip on the party, Le Pen said the best replacement candidate would be his grand-daughter Marion Marechal-Le Pen.

Jean-Marie Le Pen's defence last week of his view that Nazi gas chambers were a mere "detail" of war has prompted Marine Le Pen, FN leader since 2011, to demand his role in the party be discussed at a meeting of FN executives on Friday.

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