France’s National Front picks Marine Le Pen as new head

France’s far-right National Front has named Marine Le Pen as its new lea­der at a party conference. She is succeeding her father Jean-Marie Le Pen, who founded the FN in 1972. On Sa­turday party sources reported that she had secured two-thirds of votes against rival Bruno Gollnisch in a re­cent referendum of members. The an­ti-immigrant FN has been shunned by France’s main parties, but Ms Le Pen has said she wants to break with the party’s xenophobic image. In a com­bative farewell speech on Saturday Mr Le Pen, 82, in­sisted that “unceasing immigration” posed a threat to France. The French lobby group SOS Racisme said Ms Le Pen’s election at the head of the National Front would not change the nature of the party, and that its “hate speech” would continue.

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