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France- FN founder Jean-Marie Le Pen suspended from far-right party

Eighty-six-year-old Jean-Marie Le Pen may also be stripped of his title as the FN’s honorary president after he last month repeated his view that the Nazi gas chambers were a mere “detail” in history, deepening a rift with his daughter, party leader Marine Le Pen.

A statement said  that a special meeting of party members would be called "within three months" to decide if he should also lose the honorary status.

Le Pen responded furiously to the measures, saying it was a “criminal act”.

The veteran politician had on Monday been summoned to a disciplinary hearing at the headquarters in Nanterre, just west of Paris, but stubbornly refused to attend, calling it “detrimental” to his dignity. He also said he had no plans to retire from politics or tone down his opinions.

The hearing had been called by his daughter, who took the reins as FN party leader in 2011 and who has become increasingly frustrated in recent months by her father’s controversial remarks, calling them “political suicide”.

Read more: Europe - FN founder Jean-Marie Le Pen suspended from far-right party - France 24

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