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    Newly-elected member of parliament Marine Le Pen of France's far-right National Front (FN) political party attends the opening session of the French National Assembly in Paris, France, June 27, 2017

    National Front Breaks Ties With Jean-Marie Le Pen, Re-Elects Marine as Leader

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    Participants of the congress of the French National Front far-right party re-elected Marine Le Pen as the leader.

    Participants of the congress held in Lille, decided to liquidate the post of honorary chairman, which was occupied by Jean Marie Le Pen. The approval of the new charter of the National Front was announced on Sunday by the Bfm channel.

    Marine Le Pen was the only candidate. Her candidacy was unanimously supported by all members of the party at an internal referendum, the results of which were announced at the congress.

    The congress was attended by 1,500 participants; 79.9% of them voted for the approval of the new statutory document, the channel said.

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    TWEET: The ideas courageously defended by @MLP_officiel since 2011 were acclaimed by the members… who also re-elected her as the head of our movement! Thank you Marine for all these battles, we are all by your side for the upcoming fights for France!

    Last year, Marine Le Pen lost in the second round of presidential elections to the leader of the movement "Republic on the March" Emmanuel Macron. After that, the "National Front" could not get enough votes to enter the National Assembly (lower house of parliament). Nevertheless, Le Pen herself received her deputy mandate for the first time.

    Jean-Marie Le Pen created the "National Front" in 1972 and headed the party for 39 years. In 2011, he gave up his post, which was taken by his daughter Marine Le Pen. As a result of subsequent disagreements that arose between them regarding the direction of the party, Jean-Marie Le Pen was expelled from its ranks in 2015. He tried to challenge this decision in court, but lost — the last decision was made by the court of Versailles on February 9, 2018.

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