France’s anti-immigration National Front party has ousted its founder, Jean-Marie Le Pen, 87, after a rift with Marine Le Pen, the party’s leader.
The party’s executive bureau on Thursday, in a majority decision, voted to expel Jean-Marie Le Pen, the National Front said in a statement. Le Pen said he’s “outraged” by the decision, which, he said, he will challenge in court, according to television channel i-Tele.
Marine Le Pen, 47, took over the party’s leadership in 2011 from her father and since has sought to bring it into the political mainstream. In April, she said she’d oppose her father representing the party after he said in an interview that he didn’t regard France’s World War II collaborationist leader Philippe Petain to be a traitor.