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  Marine Le Pen declares open war on her father
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Last EditedIndyGeorgia  Apr 10, 2015 12:39pm
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AuthorThe Local/AFP
News DateWednesday, April 8, 2015 06:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionFrance's far-right National Front was plunged into an "unprecedented" crisis on Wednesday when Marine Le Pen announced she would oppose her father's candidature at a future election and accused him of "taking the party hostage".

The leader of France's far-right National Front party, Marine Le Pen, said on Wednesday she would "oppose" her father standing in upcoming regional elections, as the major rift between the pair deepens.

After a series of controversial comments, including over Nazi gas chambers, Jean-Marie Le Pen's strategy appears to sit somewhere "between a scorched earth strategy and political suicide", daughter Marine said in a statement, adding she would oppose him standing in December's regional polls in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region of southern France.

Jean-Marie Le Pen, the founder of the FN, last week reiterated his belief that gas chambers were a mere "detail" of World War II -- an assertion he has made repeatedly over nearly three decades, earning convictions for hate speech along the way.

And on Tuesday this week Jean-Marie Le Pen, who is also an MEP gave an interview to far-right magazine "Rivarol" in which he blasted the government for being full of immigrants or children of immigrants "at all levels".

He also suggested France must work with Russia to save "northern Europe and the white world" and he defended Maréchel Pétain, the leader of Vichy France, that collaborated with the Nazis during the war.

Up until now Marine Le Pen has distanced herself from her father, claiming that he only speaks for himself, but these latest comments and interviews appear to have been the straw that broke the camel's back.
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