French National Front founder suspended

Other News Materials 5 May 2015 04:19 (UTC +04:00)

Jean-Marie Le Pen, the founder and honorary president of the French far right National Front party, has been suspended following a disciplinary hearing.

The far-right party, which Le Pen established in 1972, said on its website on Monday an extraordinary general meeting will decide within three months whether to strip him of his status as honorary president.

The move follows Le Pen's public falling-out with his daughter Marine, who has led the party since 2011, which came after the 86-year-old remarked that the Nazi gas chambers were a "detail of history" and he defended the French wartime Nazi collaborator Philippe Petain.

Marine Le Pen has since voiced her opposition to her father's candidacy, saying on Sunday that he had "entered a veritable spiral between a scorched earth strategy and political suicide" and "no longer has the right to speak in the name of the party".