French National Front suspends founder’s membership

France’s far-right party announces suspension of its founder Jean-Marie Le Pen’s membership following anti-semitic statements

Updated Jul 28, 2015

France's far-right National Front party has suspended the membership of Jean-Marie Le Pen, founder of the party, the party has announced in a statement. The declaration also called for a party meeting to strip Jean of his title of honorary chairman.

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

The party’s executive committee summoned Le Pen for a disciplinary hearing on Monday and announced there would be a party meeting which would be held in three months which will discuss whether to take further action against him.

Marine Le Pen, Jean-Marie Le Pen’s daughter and current leader of the party, on Sunday said that Jean should "no longer be able to speak in the name of the party.”

Her statement came after she condemned her father's denial of the Holocaust early in April, classifying it as “political suicide,” 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