Expelled Le Pen sues his own party

Jean-Marie Le Pen sues his National Front Party after his expulsion over anti-semitic comments

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

The founder of France’s far-right National Front Party (FN) Jean-Marie Le Pen announced that he was pressing charges against his own party over his expulsion from the party in which he served for nearly 40 years.

On May over his anti-semitic comments, Le Pen was expelled from the FN which has been leaded by his own daughter, Marine Le Pen.

Eighty-six-year-old Le Pen said "I am contesting my exclusion as a member."    

On April, Jean-Marie Le Pen repeated his long-held view that the Holocaust was a “mere detail” in history and also exalted Philippe Petain, the French wartime leader who teamed up with the Nazis.

Following his statement, Jean-Marie Le Pen was summoned on May 4 to appear at the disciplinary board.

Marine Le Pen condemned her father's denial of the holocaust and called on her father to retire gracefully.

The father and daughter have been dragged into a family feud after Marine Le Pen allegedly spent five years trying to clean up the National Front’s racist and anti-semitic image and replace it with an anti-immigrant stance.

She now sees her father as ruining her efforts as he makes comments which contradict the new party line.

TRTWorld and agencies