Apr 28, 2017

France election: New far right leader quits in Holocaust row

Jean-Fran├žois Jalkh had been named as the interim president on Tuesday after Marine Le Pen stepped down to fight for the French presidency. Mr Jalkh denies claims that in past remarks he questioned the reality of Nazi gas chambers. Like Mr Jalkh, Mr Briois is also one of the party's five vice-presidents. "Mr Briois will take over the interim leadership and there'll be no more talk about it," fellow FN vice-president Louis Aliot - who is also Ms Le Pen's partner - told BFMTV news channel. It is an unwelcome development for Ms Le Pen, who has worked hard to distance her party from its anti-Semitic roots - expelling her father from the party he founded over his comments that the gas chambers were a "Detail of history".

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