June 17, 2014

Will Marine Le Pen Disown Her Father?

Erna Paris, Globe and Mail

The Associated Press

Are you there Sigmund Freud? Your famous couch has fallen into disuse in recent years, but the need is urgent. In France, a public dispute has erupted between Jean-Marie Le Pen, 85, the retired leader of the far-right National Front party, and his daughter, Marine, whom he hand-picked to succeed him in 2011. On the surface it’s as elevated as a food fight. Papa made another of his notorious anti-Semitic remarks, suggesting he’d like to send a Jewish critic of his party to the crematory. Breaking with the past, Marine openly rebuked him, then cancelled his blog on the party’s website. The next day Papa addressed an open letter to his daughter, in which he claimed to be the victim of an injustice, spoke of the support he had received, and demanded the reinstatement of...

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TAGGED: Jean-Marie Le Pen, Europe, France, Front National, National Front, Marine Le Pen

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