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Le Pen pulls out of French polls over Holocaust remarks

14.04.2015  |  04:31
Le Pen pulls out of French polls over Holocaust remarks

The founder of France's far-right National Front political party has announced plans to withdraw from regional elections amid differences with his daughter and party leader over his persisting denial of the Holocaust

The founder of France's far-right National Front political party has announced plans to withdraw from regional elections amid differences with his daughter and party leader over his persisting denial of the Holocaust.

The announcement by Jean-Marie Le Pen came in an interview with the Le Figaro daily published on Monday, after his daughter Marine Le Pen, who now leads the right-wing political party, censured his recently repeated assertion that alleged Nazi gas chambers during the World War II were a "detail of history."

In a televised interview last week, Le Pen defended his description of the Holocaust as "a detail" of World War II, prompting his daughter to announce she would block his candidacy in next December's polls.

Le Pen further told the French daily that he would not be running as a party candidate in the south-eastern Paca region,adding, however, that he thought he was still "the best candidate for the National Front."

He also stated that his granddaughter Marion Marechal-Le Pen would be the best candidate to stand in his place.

"If she accepts, I think she would head a very good list [of candidates]. She is certainly the best, I am not going to say after me, but she is," he added.

Le Pen, who remains the honorary president of the National Front Party, did not clarify whether he would seek a place as a candidate on the list of his granddaughter for the Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur region.

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