Le Pen niece quits party

The Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS -

FAILED French pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Marine Le Pen’s niece Mar­ion Marechal-Le Pen, a Na­tional Front mem­ber of par­lia­ment, has de­cided not to stand for re-elec­tion in next month’s leg­isla­tive elec­tions, a move that lays bare the di­vi­sions in the party.

The 27-year-old, one of only two Na­tional Front law­mak­ers in the out­go­ing par­lia­ment and a pop­u­lar fig­ure among the party faith­ful, said she would be leav­ing po­lit­i­cal life for a while for per­sonal and po­lit­i­cal rea­sons.

“I am not giv­ing up for­ever on this po­lit­i­cal bat­tle,” she said.

Marechal-Le Pen, whom some in the party hope will even­tu­ally take over from her aunt as leader, is seen as de­cid­edly more con­ser­va­tive on so­cial and eco­nomic is­sues.

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