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France`s Le Pen faces exclusion from his far-right party

The bitter family feud tearing apart France's far-right National Front (FN) was set to resume Thursday, with its executive board ruling on whether to boot out party founder Jean-Marie Le Pen.



Paris: The bitter family feud tearing apart France's far-right National Front (FN) was set to resume Thursday, with its executive board ruling on whether to boot out party founder Jean-Marie Le Pen.

The 87-year-old has been an increasingly irritating thorn in the side of his daughter, Marine Le Pen, who took over the party from him in 2011 and has tried to steer it away from the overt racism and anti-Semitism of its past.

The final straw came in April when the elder Le Pen rehashed familiar comments about Nazi gas chambers being a "detail" of history and said France should get along with Russia to save the "white world".

Marine Le Pen suspended him from the party, but the ageing provocateur has shown little interest in going quietly, successfully challenging his suspension in court and barging onto the stage during a FN rally in May.

The spat has rumbled on, with Marine organising a postal ballot of FN members last month in which 94 percent said they wanted her father stripped of his title as honorary president.

The octogenarian firebrand urged members to abstain from voting and scored another legal victory when a court ruled that the ballot violated internal party rules.

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