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Le Pen’s Father Says Stance on Euro, EU Dragged Her Down

French far-right National Front founder Jean-Marie Le Pen delivers a speech in front of the statue of Jeanne d’Arc (Joan of Arc) as part of the National Front’s annual May Day ceremonies in Paris, France, May 1, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Gonzalo Fuentes

Paris: Jean-Marie Le Pen, founder of the far-right National Front, said on Sunday, May 7, that his daughter Marine’s campaign for the French presidency had been undermined by its proposals to quit the euro and the EU.

“It is the problems of the euro, of Europe, of pensions which have dragged down the campaign of Madame Le Pen, I think,” said Jean-Marie Le Pen, who was expelled from the party in 2015.

“I think we must speak to France about the real problems, demographic problems, problems of mass immigration,” he told RTL radio.

Marine Le Pen said after her defeat became clear that the National Front must be relaunched and deputy leader Florian Philippot said the new party would not be called the National Front.

Jean-Marie Le Pen said Philippot was one of the main people responsible for Marine Le Pen’s defeat.