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Le Pen condemns party suspension

Published 05/05/2015 | 12:26

Jean-Marie Le Pen, founder of the National Front (AP)
Jean-Marie Le Pen, founder of the National Front (AP)

The founder of France's far-right National Front, Jean-Marie Le Pen, has decried the decision to suspend his membership in the party and the attempts to take away his title of honorary president for life.

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Twelve hours after the executive board announced his suspension, Jean-Marie Le Pen said today he is ashamed that his daughter, party president Marine Le Pen, bears his name.

He suggested on Europe 1 radio that she marry her companion in order to change her name.

The running father-daughter feud escalated into a political crisis after the decision to suspend the senior Le Pen for reiterating anti-Semitic remarks that got him convicted in the past.

The 86-year-old helped found the anti-immigration National Front party in 1972 and built it into a feared political force.

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