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Key Marine Le Pen aide Philippot to quit France's National Front

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PARIS (Reuters) – Florian Philippot, for many years the closest aide of French far-right politician Marine Le Pen, said on Thursday he would quit the National Front party, opening up a likely split in the country’s far-right ranks. Philippot, whose responsibilities for strategy and communications were earlier removed by Le Pen, told France 2 television that he did not like being “ridiculed”. “I’m not into being ridiculed. Yes, of course, I am quitting the National Front,” he told France 2. Philippot’s departure could cause further turmoil for the far-right as it struggles to portray itself as the main opposition to President Emmanuel Macron, despite having reached the second round of the presidential election in May.

(Reporting by Mathieu Rosemain and Sudip Kar-Gupta; Editing by Paul Tait)
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