French far-right party founder Jean-Marie Le Pen hospitalsied

Jean-Marie Le Pen, who founded the country's Front National party now renamed and led by his estranged daughter Marine, has been admitted to hospital for reported exhaustion one week before his 90th birthday and just hours before he was due to stand trial accused of inciting homophobia.

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Jean-Marie Le Pen, the former leader of France’s far-right National Front party, has been hospitalized for exhaustion ahead of a trial in which he stands accused of inciting homophobia, a source to him said on Wednesday, reports Reuters.

The politician  father of Marine Le Pen, who later took up his mantle at the head of the National Front and came second in last year’s presidential election  will turn 90 next week.

He was admitted to hospital near Paris on Tuesday, and “should normally leave on Monday,” one of his advisers said.

Jean-Marie Le Pen, who ran the National Front for four decades and once also made it into the presidential run-off, was due to stand trial in Paris on Wednesday for inciting homophobia and insulting homosexuals.

His hearing will now take place on October 3rd, the source said.

Le Pen, long at odds with his daughter who has tried to clean up the National Front’s image and kicked him out of the party in 2015, has already been convicted several times for inciting racial hatred.

Read more of this report from Reuters.

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