Le Pen opposes father’s candidacy

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Published: Wednesday 8th April 2015 by The News Editor

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The leader of France’s far-right National Front, Marine Le Pen, has launched an all-out offensive against her father, saying she will oppose his candidacy in upcoming elections.

Ms Le Pen condemned as “political suicide” party founder Jean-Marie Le Pen’s repeated comments that the Nazi gas chambers were a “detail in history”.

In a statement, Ms Le Pen said she will quickly convene the party’s executive bureau to seek “means to best protect the political interests of the National Front”.

She said she would oppose her father’s candidacy to head the list in December regional elections in southern France.

Ms Le Pen has worked to clean up the party’s anti-Semitic, racist image and has fought a battle with her old-guard father, but this would be the first time she has punished him.

Published: Wednesday 8th April 2015 by The News Editor

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