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Marine Le Pen Says She'll Oppose Her Father After Vichy Comments

Wednesday, 08 Apr 2015 06:24 AM

(Bloomberg) -- Marine Le Pen has had enough of her father.

In a statement, the leader of France’s anti-immigration, anti-euro National Front said her father Jean-Marie Le Pen has “entered a spiral between a scorched-earth strategy and political suicide” after he said he never considered France’s wartime collaborationist leader Philippe Petain a traitor.

Jean-Marie, in an interview with a right wing publication Rivarol, said French post-war governments were “too harsh” with Petain and that supporters of the Vichy regime “have their place” in the National Front. Petain was sentenced to death in 1945 and died in prison in 1951.

The open conflict between daughter and father comes as Marine Le Pen seeks to break from the National Front’s past as a protest group tinged with racism and Holocaust denial and transform it into a party that she says has a credible shot at the presidency in 2017.

Jean Marie Le Pen’s “status as honorary President of the party does not allow him to take the National Front hostage with such outrageous provocation,” Marine Le Pen said in the statement.

The 46-year-old Marine in 2011 took over the party and has sought to bring it into the French political mainstream, dropping her 86-year-old father’s often racist language, and instead focusing on economic issues such as protectionist trade policies and restoring the franc.

The party has won at least a quarter of the vote in recent European and local elections and she plans to run for president in 2017.

Louis Aliot, the party’s vice-president, said Jean-Marie’s comments were “scandalous” and “our political differences are now irreconcilable.”

To contact the reporter on this story: Gregory Viscusi in Lausanne, Switzerland at gviscusi@bloomberg.net To contact the editors responsible for this story: Alan Crawford at acrawford6@bloomberg.net Vidya Root, Steve Rhinds

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