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France’s far-right National Front tries to move past feud

September 5, 2015

PARIS (AP) — France’s far-right National Front is holding a party-wide meeting, hoping to move past a family feud that has pitted its head, Marine Le Pen, against her father.

Jean-Marie Le Pen, the National Front’s founder, was expelled but has won three court battles against his daughter. He wasn’t invited to the weekend meeting in Marseille, but on Saturday said he may show up anyway. In a press conference across the city, he said that excluding him is a sign of “paranoia.”

Marine Le Pen, who is positioning for a presidential run in 2017, told journalists earlier in the day that the deaths of migrants like the Syrian boy found on a Turkish beach are the fault of political leaders who encouraged them to travel to Europe, according to Le Figaro newspaper.

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