French National Front founder Le Pen to fight exclusion from party

By REUTERS
August 21, 2015 10:51

 
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PARIS - National Front founder Jean-Marie Le Pen is to keep up his legal fight to stay in the French far-right party despite being excluded for a second time, keeping alive a family feud that has dogged his daughter's campaign to become president of France.

The party's executive committee voted on Thursday to exclude the 87-year-old over anti-Semitic remarks after discussions with him that lasted several hours. The move was its latest attempt to sideline him and bolster his daughter Marine Le Pen's election prospects in the 2017 presidential election.

"I haven't received notification of the decision yet. When I do, I will contest it, as I have already contested it," le Pen said on RTL Radio on Friday.

Marine Le Pen succeeded her father as leader in 2011. Her row with him erupted in April last year, when he defended past comments he has made about how the gas chambers of World War Two were a "detail" of history.

Courts have twice this year overruled as illegal the party's attempts to sideline Le Pen senior, who remains the party's honorary president, after he appealed against their actions.

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