For France’s National Front on the last day of their conference it was a case of farewell and hello.
Veteran leader, Jean-Marie Le Pen bowed out as his daughter, Marine Le Pen was confirmed as his successor.
She beat her rival long time deputy Bruno Gollnisch polling just over 67 per cent of the votes. She has said her modernising touch and voter discontent with austerity measures will boost her party. And she has the EU in her sights.
“The Europists are building a monster in Brussels but this is not Europe it is more like a conglomerate under an American protectorate, the anti chamber of a total state, global, worldwide,” she said.
Many analysts believe Marine, who is pro-abortion, pro-women’s rights, is more dangerous to President Sarkozy than her father who five times failed in his bid to become President. In his final speech he appealed for more voters to join the party for what he called, “the decisive battle”.
The 82-year-old showed he had lost none of his combative edge. Some predict his daughter will portray the party with a softer image.