French politician Marine Le Pen has gotten rid of the biggest obstacle facing her far-right political party Front National in its bid to become a more electable party: her father. Jean-Marie Le Pen, the firebrand who founded the FN and is known for his anti-Semitic and racist remarks, was expelled by the party’s leadership on Thursday. It was reportedly quite the kiss-off, though Marine herself didn’t show. WSJ:
Mr. Le Pen was summoned before the party’s executive committee at its headquarters in the Paris suburbs of Nanterre after he reiterated comments he made 25 years ago playing down the Holocaust.The committee voted to exclude Mr. Le Pen, said a National Front spokeswoman. “The full decision, including its reasoning, will be sent shortly to Mr. Le Pen,” she added. […]Changing gears, on Aug. 4 Ms. Le Pen sent her father a list of grievances, detailing contentious comments he had made and instructing him to face the disciplinary hearing. Ms. Le Pen didn’t attend the meeting.
After a spate of recent political victories, Ms. Le Pen is expected to be at least a contender in the 2017 presidential race. She faces an important local election later this year, when she will run for president of the Nord-Pas-de-Calais-