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France: National Front leader to oppose father in election bid

The leader of France’s far-right National Front, Marine Le Pen​ says she will oppose her father standing in upcoming regional elections, as a rift in the party and her family deepens.

It comes after she clashed with Jean Marie Le Pen over his defence of past comments describing Nazi gas chambers as a “detail of history.”

He has since accused his daughter of betrayal, in remarks made in a far-right newspaper.

In a statement, Marine Le Pen says her father’s stance appears to be somewhere “between a scorched earth strategy and political suicide.”

She is looking to widen the National Front’s appeal, ahead of an expected bid for the French presidency in two years time.

Since taking over from her father, the founder of the National Front, Marine has tried to rid the party of its anti-Semitic image and make it more attractive to mainstream French voters.
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