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French Far-Right Party Definitively Severs Ties With Founder


French far-right presidential candidate, Marine Le Pen casts her vote, in Lille, northern France, March 10, 2018.

France's far-right National Front party has definitively severed its ties to firebrand founder Jean-Marie Le Pen as it tries to revive its fortunes.

The party also re-elected his daughter, Marine Le Pen, to a new term as president at party congress where she was its only candidate for the post. A new 100-member governing council was also named.

Jean-Marie Le Pen, founder of France's far-right National Front political party, holds his book of memoirs in Montrerout, France, Feb. 27, 2018.
Jean-Marie Le Pen, founder of France's far-right National Front political party, holds his book of memoirs in Montrerout, France, Feb. 27, 2018.

The party tweeted Sunday that more than 79 percent of members who participated in a vote approved new party statutes that included abolishing Jean-Marie Le Pen's position of party president for life.

The party expelled him in 2015 over anti-Semitic remarks but he kept the honorary position. Sunday's vote is a crushing blow for the 89-year-old, who founded the party in 1972 and was runner-up in the 2002 French presidential election.

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