Jean-Marie Le Pen wins right to stay honorary president of France's National Front
PARIS (Reuters) - Jean-Marie Le Pen, the founder of France’s far right National Front party, has won the right to remain its honorary president despite being ousted by his daughter last year, his lawyer told Reuters on Thursday after a court hearing.
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In September 2008, he announced his intention to resign by 2010, 36 years after he founded the party, and supported his daughter to succeed him. With his party in steep decline both politically and financially, and his recent convictions for Holocaust denial, Le Pen has lost considerable power in recent years.
French far-right icon Jean-Marie Le Pen gets mixed ruling
Party members also are expected to vote on renaming the National Front in a final break with the party’s past. Jean-Marie Le Pen said in a Tweet last month that long-time party followers would see a name change as “veritable treason.” toward decades of party followers.