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Le Pen grand-daughter to replace FN founder in French regional poll

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Le Pen grand-daughter to replace FN founder in French regional poll

<p>Marion Marechal-Le Pen, the grand-daughter of France’s Front National (FN) founder, Jean-Marie Le Pen, is to replace him as candidate in regional elections later this year.</p> <p>Her acceptance to run is on the proviso that she does so alone and without any other candidates loyal to her grand-father.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en data-scribe-reduced-action-queue="><p>Marion Marechal-Le Pen: The poster girl of French far-right <a href="http://t.co/t1Yhi0uvTb">http://t.co/t1Yhi0uvTb</a> <a href="http://t.co/ATUgLzF3Mi">pic.twitter.com/ATUgLzF3Mi</a></p>— <span class="caps">FRANCE</span> 24 (@FRANCE24) <a href="https://twitter.com/FRANCE24/status/587682604897280000">April 13, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>Le Pen senior recomended the 25-year-old, whose views are similarly conservative as his own, as a dig at his daughter and party leader Marine Le Pen.</p> <p>FN Deputy President Florian Philippot welcomed Le Pen’s decision to withdraw from standing in December’s Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur (<span class="caps">PACA</span>) regional election.</p> <p>“It is wise of him to retire especially after Marine Le Pen told him that she would oppose his candidacy. It is a wise act and a welcome show of wisdom,” said Florian Philippot. </p> <p><a href="http://www.euronews.com/2015/04/10/france-le-pen-family-feud-deepens-as-marine-urges-jean-marie-to-quit-politics/">Relations between father and daughter degenerated last week</a> after Jean-Marie once again said that the Holocaust was ‘a mere detail in history’.</p> <p>An angry Marine Le Pen who is trying to modernise the party and clean up its racists and anti-semitic image wants her father to withdraw from politics altogether.</p> <p>Marion is seen as lined with the socially conservative side of the party. Whereas Marine for example did not publicly criticise a 2013 law permitting same-sex marriage in France, Marion was firmly against it.</p> <p>Opinion polls see Marine Le Pen as likely to make it to the second round of the 2017 presidential elections but not win.</p>