Jean-Marie Le Pen threatens to challenge Front National in letter to daughter Marine
The former leader of France’s Front National (FN), Jean-Marie Le Pen, has threatened to publicly oppose the party he helped found in an open letter to his daughter, Marine, who currently leads the far-right movement. The 87-year-old, who was expelled from the FN last year, claims Marine Le Pen’s tactics are undermining the chances of the “national candidate” in next year’s presidential election.
Marine Le Pen’s recent decision to spend less time talking to the news media in 2016 is an error that “excites ambition in other potential candidates who would … endanger your chances of reaching the second round” in the 2017 poll, Le Pen tells his daughter in the letter.
And he goes on to hint that he might form a new party, if his warnings are ignored.