Sep 21, 2017

Florian Philippot: Le Pen's top aide quits National Front

One of the best-known figures in France's far-right National Front has announced he is leaving the party. Florian Philippot was right-hand man to Marine Le Pen during the recent presidential election which saw her beaten by Emmanuel Macron. The politician, who is gay, came to be an emblem of the FN's embrace of liberal social values under Ms Le Pen's leadership. Amid the fallout from the party's poorer-than-predicted showing at recent elections, on Wednesday Ms Le Pen stripped him of his key brief for strategy and communication. Taking France's National Front out of the shadows.

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