Family Matters

After big election showing, Marine Le Pen criticized by her father

Marine Le Pen with her father Jean-Marie Le Pen, at National Front headquarters.
Samuel Bollendorff/The New York Times

Jean-Marie Le Pen, a far-right politician and founder of National Front party has criticized his daughter, Marine Le Pen, for not being aggressive enough in her presidential campaign. Marine announced on Monday that she would leave her position as the head of the party to focus fully on the presidential election after she advanced past the first round election to a runoff against centrist Emmanuel Macron on May 7.

“I think her campaign was too laid-back. If I’d been in her place I would have had a Trump-like campaign, a more open one, very aggressive against those responsible for the decadence of our country, whether left or right,” the 88-year-old politician told RTL Radio. Marine and her father have been at odds ever since she started distancing herself from him to soften her party’s xenophobic image in anticipation of her presidential run. Jean-Marie Le Pen is infamous for his xenophobic and anti-Semitic remarks, which led Marine to expel him from the party in 2015.

Read the full story at Reuters.


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