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French National Front expels founder Jean-Marie Le Pen

France’s Jean-Marie Le Pen has been expelled from the far-right National Front (FN) following a feud with daughter and party leader Marine. Mr Le Pen, who was honorary president, was dismissed after a three-hour extraordinary party congress.

He was initially suspended back in May, after he repeated his view that the Holocaust was “a detail of history”. Ms Le Pen took over as leader in 2011 and has tried to steer the party away from its racist and anti-Semitic past.

The National Front (FN) was founded by Mr Le Pen in 1972. The 86-year-old still holds a seat in the European Parliament and a post as a regional councillor in the south of France (BBC News, 2015).