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Marine Le Pen aide Florian Philippot to quit France's Front National

Marine Le Pen aide Florian Philippot to quit France's Front National

The closest aide to French National Front (FN) leader Marine Le Pen and the party's vice-president, Florian Philippot, announced on Thursday he would be quitting the party, which has been struggling to outline its new program after Le Pen's defeat in the presidential election.

His stock in the party was also damaged by his hardline stance against the euro currency, a position which many in the National Front blame for Le Pen's loss to Macron and for the party's third-place finish in June's parliamentary elections. He said the party is going backwards in a "terrifying" way.

"They told me that I was [now] deputy chairman of nothing", he said.

Rather than softening her stance on the European Union in the wake of his departure, Le Pen said she would pursue that line.

"I am the strongest and best placed" for the next presidential election in 2022, she said.




Florian Philippot, a vice-president of the FN, used an early morning appearance on French television to announce a departure that had looked increasingly likely amid rising tensions with the party's leader, Le Pen. Philippot created his own political movement within the National Front to protect this major point of the party's program.

Accusing him of a conflict of interest, Le Pen on Wednesday took away his responsibility for strategy and communication, leaving him with no specific brief.

"The FN will talk mostly about mass immigration, a real problem for France, but it will not propose a real programme to defend the middle and lower classes", he wrote on Twitter. Although Le Pen did allow to him to keep his title of vice president.

Aliot blasted Philippot for being "vain, arrogant and a sectarian extremist who tried to muzzle our freedom to debate".


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