Proposing a rule change to prevent French far-right leader Jean-Marie Le Pen from presiding over the European Parliament’s inaugural session after this June’s election… It is a customary privilege for the eldest member, and would hinge on his winning a seat again.The head of the Socialist group, Martin Schulz, backed by the Greens, said this would be inadmissible: “For me, a Holocaust denier can not be the doyen by age of a multinational assembly. I hope measures will be taken to avoid Le Pen presiding at the next parliament. The best solution would be that the French don’t vote for him.” Le Pen’s response: “This idiotic opinion doesn’t surprise me a bit coming from the two heads of German groups, the Socialists and the Greens. It’s just like them. They’re also probably going to vote a resolution to stop the world from turning.” Conservative group president Joseph Daul said he hoped Le Pen would be somewhere else on the day. The Greens’ Daniel Cohn-Bendit said that as a sign of the future the youngest deputy ought to open the session. Liberal leader Graham Watson has said he doesn’t support changing the rule, “even if we hate his politics”.
Le Pen calls intent to strip him of parliament privilege 'idiotic'