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French far-right chief declares war on her dad in family feud fueled by anti-Semitic remarks

  • FILE - In this Sunday Nov. 30, 2014 file photo, French far-right Front National leader Marine Le Pen is kissed by her father Jean-Marie Le Pen after being re-elected as president of the party during the 15th congress of the party, in Lyon, central France. Marine Le Pen has launched an all-out offensive against her father, party founder Jean-Marie Le Pen, saying on Wednesday April 8, 2015, she will oppose his candidacy in upcoming elections and condemning as "political suicide" his repeated comments that the Nazi gas chambers were a "detail in history."  (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani, File)

    FILE - In this Sunday Nov. 30, 2014 file photo, French far-right Front National leader Marine Le Pen is kissed by her father Jean-Marie Le Pen after being re-elected as president of the party during the 15th congress of the party, in Lyon, central France. Marine Le Pen has launched an all-out offensive against her father, party founder Jean-Marie Le Pen, saying on Wednesday April 8, 2015, she will oppose his candidacy in upcoming elections and condemning as "political suicide" his repeated comments that the Nazi gas chambers were a "detail in history." (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Saturday Nov. 29, 2014 file photo, French far-right Front National leader Marine Le Pen and her father Jean-Marie Le Pen applaud during the 15th congress of the party, in Lyon, central France. Marine Le Pen has launched an all-out offensive against her father, party founder Jean-Marie Le Pen, saying she will oppose his candidacy in upcoming elections and condemning as "political suicide" his repeated comments that the Nazi gas chambers were a "detail in history." (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani, File)

    FILE - In this Saturday Nov. 29, 2014 file photo, French far-right Front National leader Marine Le Pen and her father Jean-Marie Le Pen applaud during the 15th congress of the party, in Lyon, central France. Marine Le Pen has launched an all-out offensive against her father, party founder Jean-Marie Le Pen, saying she will oppose his candidacy in upcoming elections and condemning as "political suicide" his repeated comments that the Nazi gas chambers were a "detail in history." (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani, File)  (The Associated Press)

The leader of France's far-right National Front has launched an all-out offensive against her father, party founder Jean-Marie Le Pen, saying she will oppose his candidacy in upcoming elections and condemning as "political suicide" his repeated comments that the Nazi gas chambers were a "detail in history."

In a statement on Wednesday, Marine Le Pen said she will quickly convene the party's executive bureau to seek "means to best protect the political interests of the National Front." She said she'd oppose her father's candidacy to head the list in December regional elections in southern France.

Le Pen has worked to clean up the party's anti-Semitic, racist image and has fought a guerrilla war with her old-guard father, but this would be the first time she punished him.