Le Pen daughter set to take over


Marine Le Pen, left, reacts after she was elected as the new president of France's far-right National Front party. (AP)

France’s far-right National Front party has elected the daughter of its founder, Jean-Marie Le Pen, as its new president.

Marine Le Pen, the 42-year-old daughter of the far-right firebrand, won slightly more than two-thirds of the vote in an election at a party convention in the central French city of Tours.

The party said that she easily beat the other candidate, longtime party No 2 Bruno Gollnisch.

The 82-year-old party founder bid farewell with an impassioned defence of his polemic anti-immigration, anti-Islam platform. He created the party in 1972.

A mother of three, Marine Le Pen is widely seen as the kinder, gentler face of a party known for its extreme stances.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.