This is actually great news for France. Via Reuters:
French far-right veteran Jean-Marie Le Pen said on Thursday his newly-formed party would field candidates in next year’s parliamentary elections, in a direct challenge to his daughter who excluded him from the National Front (FN) party he founded.
He said he would not hesitate to field candidates in constituencies where the FN is running, which would diminish the chances of any far-right candidate to win seats in France’s lower house of parliament. Parliamentary elections are scheduled for June next year, after presidential polls in April and May.
Marine Le Pen, who now heads the FN, forced her father out of the party last year over comments playing down the Nazi Holocaust. The feud burst into the open after she sought to soften the anti-immigration party’s image to help her quest for power.
PREVIOUSLY ON JMG: The National Front is a backer of the anti-gay Manif Pour Tous and supported its numerous, vicious and often violent rallies, as did US hate group leaders Brian Brown and Tony Perkins. Last month its vice president denounced Paris Pride as “exhibitionist and militant.” In 2014 founder Jean-Marie Le Pen “joked” that his critics, who include Madonna, will be in the next “batch” headed for the gas chambers. He has also “joked” that ebola is the “solution” to Europe’s immigration problems. In 2013 Marine Le Pen praised the man who committed suicide at Notre Dame Cathedral in protest of same-sex marriage. In 2014 Jean-Marie Le Pen’s granddaughter, 24 year-old Marion Maréchal-Le Pen, led a massive anti-gay march through the streets of Paris. Also that year the youth leader of the National Front called for France to institute anti-gay laws similar to those in Russia.