Keyword: Jean-Marie Le Pen

Front National founder Jean-Marie Le Pen excluded from party

Le Pen, 86, is suspended from the far-right party he once led for repeating anti-Semitic jibes amid a row with its current head, his daughter Marine.

France's Marine Le Pen says father should no longer speak in party name

Rift deepens between Jean-Marie Le Pen, founder of far-right Front National, and his daughter, the party president, over gas chamber comments.

Golden assets: Jean-Marie Le Pen's secret Swiss bank account

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À la convention du FN pour les municipales, le 17 novembre 2013. © Reuters À la convention du FN pour les municipales, le 17 novembre 2013. © Reuters

The honorary president of the far-right Front National, Jean-Marie Le Pen, was the economic beneficiary of a undisclosed trust in Switzerland which was overseen by his butler and which contained 2.2 million euros in its bank account, according to information received by Mediapart. Gold ingots and coins made up 1.7 million euros of the sum involved. The revelation of the undeclared account, which was at the HSBC bank and then moved to the Compagnie bancaire helvétique (CBH), is set to provide fresh embarrassment for the Front National which is already the subject of a a judicial probe over campaign funding, and which has been hit by a damaging public split between Jean-Marie Le Pen, its former president, and his daughter Marine Le Pen, its current president. Jean-Marie Le Pen could now face investigation for tax fraud or for making false declarations to public authorities. Karl Laske and Marine Turchi report.

Front National feud: Jean-Marie Le Pen pulls out of election bid

The 86-year-old founder of the far-right party will not fight regional elections, easing the row with his daughter Marine, the party's leader.

France's Le Pen angry at father for defending 'gas chamber' comment

'I deeply disagree with him' says far-right leader Marine Le Pen after her father Jean-Marie repeats view that gas chambers are 'detail' of history.

The rising menace of France’s National Front

Victory for Marine Le Pen's far-right party would be a disaster for both France and Europe, argues The Financial Times.

French far-right creates first cracks in 'national unity' after Charlie Hebdo massacre

The government, the Left and most leaders on the Right have joined calls for “national unity” or a form of national union as the French nation collectively mourned those killed in Wednesday's murderous attack on the magazine Charlie Hebdo. Senior figures across the political spectrum will also take part in Sunday's 'Republican march' in Paris as an act of solidarity. But already some politicians on the hard right, and notably those in the far-right Front National (FN), have raised doubts about the national consensus. In particular the FN's president Marine Le Pen has reacted angrily to the fact that so far she has not been invited to the weekend march. As Mathieu Magnaudeix and Marine Turchi report, the far-right has in fact already started to play on the fears of French citizens in the wake of the massacre.

Revealed: the Le Pens' third Russian loan

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Marine et Jean-Marie Le Pen, au congrès du FN, le 29 novembre 2014. © Reuters Marine et Jean-Marie Le Pen, au congrès du FN, le 29 novembre 2014. © Reuters

Mediapart has already revealed how France's Front National received a direct loan of 9 million euros from the First Czech Russian Bank, while Jean-Marie Le Pen's election funding association borrowed 2 million euros to Vernonsia Holdings Ltd. Now in an interview with Mediapart the party's founder and honorary life president has confirmed the existence of a third Russian loan to the far-right movement. Le Pen also said that his funding association had borrowed a total of “20 million euros”. Karl Laske and Marine Turchi report.

Why France's Front National loathes freedom of the press

Marine Le Pen claims she is trying to make the far-right Front National more 'normal', a strategy that has perhaps contributed to her party surging ahead in opinion polls. One survey suggests that Le Pen would come top if the first round of voting in a presidential election were held today, whoever her main opponent. But behind the attempts to 'de-demonize' the FN lurks another reality – that of a party that still refuses to abide by democratic rules. Last weekend Mediapart's reporter was ejected from the party's youth conference, and this was not the first time this has occurred. Nor is it just Mediapart which is targeted – other media outlets and also academics have found themselves ostracised by a party which seems to fear the freedom of the press.

'The Front National's enemy is no longer the Jew but the French Muslim'

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Lors d'un meeting à Marseille, le 20 mai. © Reuters Lors d'un meeting à Marseille, le 20 mai. © Reuters

France's far-right Front National party won a quarter of the popular vote in May's European elections, albeit on a low turnout, as xenophobic, nationalist parties across Europe made significant gains. The result seemed to vindicate FN president Marine Le Pen's strategy of trying to change the party's image, shedding the anti-Semitism of the past and donning a cloak of respectability. But in a detailed history of the Front National published last month, researcher Valérie Igounet shows that the new image is just a veneer that cracks whenever the ghosts of the party's past rear their heads. Meanwhile the party has simply replaced Jews with Muslims as the principal target of its attacks. Igounet explains her findings to Mediapart’s Joseph Confavreux and Marine Turchi.

Father-daughter row splitting open France's far-right Front National party

FN founder and honorary president Jean-Marie Le Pen slams his daughter's leadership of the party after she criticised his recent anti-Semitic jibes.

France's Marine Le Pen rebukes father in new anti-Semitism row

Leader of far-right Front National says her father's remark linking a Jewish singer to concentration camp gas ovens was a 'political mistake'.

Jean-Marie Le Pen says Ebola virus 'can solve immigration problems'

At a meeting in Marseille, the founder of France's far-right Front National party said the virus could save France from 'submersion'.

Le Pen predicts daughter France's next president

Founder of far-right National Front says Marine Le Pen will prevail in 2017 as both current government and main opposition party struggle.

Far-right party does about-face for French local elections

Marine Le Pen opts to take local elections seriously as new survey shows approval ratings for her National Front party are on the rise.