Thursday 18 January 2018

Key aide to Marine Le Pen quits National Front amid party rift

Florian Philippot has quite the National Front after a rift with Marine Le Pen (right) (AP)
Florian Philippot has quite the National Front after a rift with Marine Le Pen (right) (AP)

The right-hand man of French far-right leader Marine Le Pen has quit the National Front in a power battle stemming from May's bruising election defeat.

Florian Philippot announced his departure on France 2 television unexpectedly on Thursday after he was sidelined and relieved of his responsibilities for party strategy and communications.

"I do not have the taste for ridicule, of course, I'm leaving the National Front," Mr Philippot said.

The 35-year-old was behind Ms Le Pen's controversial proposal for France to leave the eurozone that many believe harmed her popularity in May's presidential vote where she lost to centrist Emmanuel Macron.

This move leaves open the possibility of a split in the French far-right.

AP

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