Jean-Marie Le Pen has been suspended from France’s National Front, the party he co-founded.
The Honorary Party President triggered the showdown by repeating his view that the Nazi gas chambers were a “mere detail” of the Second World War.
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After the three-hour hearing in Paris, the 87-year-old called on the party to unite:
“I wanted to treat those facing me not as judges, because I rejected them as such, but as fighting comrades and I expressed the wish that this episode, which has been rather polemic, be a stage towards an effective reunification of the National Front.”
Watchers say it is the far-right party’s latest attempt to neutralise a family feud that could hurt his daughter Marine’s bid for the upcoming presidential election.