Marine Le Pen has put a block on her father’s nomination, Jean Marie, for president of the region in Provence-Alps-Costa Azzurra. The president of the ‘ Front National’ has decided to avoid fractures within the party following recent disagreements with the founder of the party of the French extreme right-wing. The Vice-president of NF Florian Philippot has in fact declared that the break-away with Jean Marie Le Pen was “total and definite”.
According to reports even though Marine Le Pen will oppose her father’s nomination, to run for president of the PACA region in the forthcoming elections to be held next December, she will not oppose her father and founder of the party though to be on the lists of the National Front. Nevertheless, a decision is to be taken on 17th April from the party’s headquarters. Marine’s firm standpoint comes as a result of a last provocative interview where her father defended Marshall Petain, who had been the leader of those who cooperated during the second World war in France.
The words of the honorary president of the NF had also caused an embarassment concerning the Holocaust, which was dismissed as a “a detail in history”.“What I said is simply what I think, the gas-chambers were simply a detail of the war, unless, one wants to consider the war a detail of the gas-chambers. – her father, current leader of the NF, declared –This episode has been instrumentalised to my damage, implying a note of anti-semitism”.
Translation provided by Marina Stronati