BREAKING NEWS

'Poland's Le Pen' dead at 57

'Poland's Le Pen' dead at 57
Text size Aa Aa

Andrzej Lepper, a Polish former deputy prime minister, was found dead at his Warsaw office on Friday.

Police believe the 57-year-old committed suicide.

The tough-talking Lepper rose to prominence in the 1990s. His firebrand rhetoric led many to compare him to French nationalist politician Jean-Marie Le Pen.

He often attacked Poland’s leaders for joining the European Union and exposing Polish farmers to increased competition.

Lepper mixed left-wing populist economic policies with hardline social views.

The former boxer once advocated castrating paedophiles and said in 2006 that “it is impossible to rape a prostitute.”

A Warsaw court convicted Lepper of sexually harassing a female aide that same year.

But he was never jailed. The conviction was quashed earlier this year and a retrial was ordered.

Euronews is no longer accessible on Internet Explorer. This browser is not updated by Microsoft and does not support the last technical evolutions. We encourage you to use another browser, such as Edge, Safari, Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox.