In regional elections, France’s mainstream parties beat back a surging far right. But support for the Front National (FN) rose to an all-time high. Marion Maréchal-Le Pen, granddaughter of the founder of the FN, is one of party’s rising stars.
Florian Philippot has said "I don't like being ridiculed" amidst continuing turmoil in the far-right party. Philippot and Le Pen reportedly argued over his anti-euro sub-party "Les Patriotes."
The far-right leader has appeared before judges over the alleged misuse of European Union funds to pay her parliamentary assistants. Le Pen won a seat in the French National Assembly a fortnight ago.
Marine Le Pen has said she would pick a non-member of the far-right National Front party for prime minister if she wins the run-off vote for the presidency. Le Pen herself has stepped aside from the FN leadership.
French voters are choosing a president after a bitter campaign. The neoliberal former Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron is facing the far-right National Front's Marine Le Pen on the runoff ballot.
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