French politician summoned for disciplinary action over anti-Jewish remarks

France’s far-right National Front party founder summoned to his party’s disciplinary board over anti-Jewish remarks

Updated Jul 28, 2015

The founder of France’s far-right National Front Party Jean-Marie Le Pen is expected to go before the party’s disciplinary board on Monday over anti-Jewish remarks made in April.

Last month 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.

On Sunday, Jean-Marie Le Pen’s daughter and current leader of the party, Marine Le Pen, said that her father 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, 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.

Marine Le Pen was recorded on Sunday as saying that France should send migrants back to where they came from so a “message” would be sent to traffickers that “no migrants will come ashore.”

Despite the calls by his daughter last month to cease his anti-semitic comments, Jean warned that he would not give in easily and said “For as long as God gives me life, I will remain in my place at the battle stations.”

The National Front has not yet publicly announced what action will be taken against Jean-Marie Le Pen.

TRTWorld and agencies