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France's Le Pen booted out of his far-right party

French far-right National Front party founder Jean-Marie Le Pen leaves the party's headquarters in Nanterre on August 20, 2015Jean-Marie Le Pen, France’s elderly, far-right master provocateur, was booted out of the National Front (FN) he founded on Thursday after a high-profile feud with his daughter and party leader Marine. In a dramatic move, the FN’s executive committee questioned the 87-year-old for three hours and voted to exclude him over inflammatory comments that proved too much for Marine Le Pen, pushing him out of a party he led for close to four decades. A gifted orator with a taste for controversy, Le Pen had for years been an irritating thorn in the side of his daughter, who took over the party from him in 2011 and had tried to steer it away from the overt racism and anti-Semitism of its past.

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