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French far-right founder pleas for help at party march, bare-chested Femen barge in on show

  • Femen activist with "Le Pen Top Fascist" painted on her body appears as France’s far-right National Front president Marine Le Pen places a wreath at Joan of Arc statue during its annual May Day march, in Paris, France, Friday, May 1, 2015. France’s far-right National Front is holding its annual May Day march, but for the first time the party’s founder Jean-Marie Le Pen _ on the outs with his daughter who presides over the party _is not taking a seat at the tribune. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

    Femen activist with "Le Pen Top Fascist" painted on her body appears as France’s far-right National Front president Marine Le Pen places a wreath at Joan of Arc statue during its annual May Day march, in Paris, France, Friday, May 1, 2015. France’s far-right National Front is holding its annual May Day march, but for the first time the party’s founder Jean-Marie Le Pen _ on the outs with his daughter who presides over the party _is not taking a seat at the tribune. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)  (The Associated Press)

  • Femen activist with "Le Pen Top Fascist" painted on her body appears as France’s far-right National Front president Marine Le Pen places a wreath at Joan of Arc statue during its annual May Day march, in Paris, France, Friday, May 1, 2015. France’s far-right National Front is holding its annual May Day march, but for the first time the party’s founder Jean-Marie Le Pen _ on the outs with his daughter who presides over the party _is not taking a seat at the tribune. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

    Femen activist with "Le Pen Top Fascist" painted on her body appears as France’s far-right National Front president Marine Le Pen places a wreath at Joan of Arc statue during its annual May Day march, in Paris, France, Friday, May 1, 2015. France’s far-right National Front is holding its annual May Day march, but for the first time the party’s founder Jean-Marie Le Pen _ on the outs with his daughter who presides over the party _is not taking a seat at the tribune. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)  (The Associated Press)

  • France’s far-right National Front party’s founder Jean-Marie Le Pen screams "Help Jeanne d'Arc" after he places a wreath at Joan of Arc statue during its annual May Day march, in Paris, France, Friday, May 1, 2015. France’s far-right National Front is holding its annual May Day march, but for the first time the party’s founder Jean-Marie Le Pen _ on the outs with his daughter who presides over the party _is not taking a seat at the tribune. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

    France’s far-right National Front party’s founder Jean-Marie Le Pen screams "Help Jeanne d'Arc" after he places a wreath at Joan of Arc statue during its annual May Day march, in Paris, France, Friday, May 1, 2015. France’s far-right National Front is holding its annual May Day march, but for the first time the party’s founder Jean-Marie Le Pen _ on the outs with his daughter who presides over the party _is not taking a seat at the tribune. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)  (The Associated Press)

National Front founder Jean-Marie Le Pen cried out to Joan of Arc for help at the party's annual May Day march while bare-chested Femen activists used a bullhorn to drown out a speech by his daughter, the party president.

Two Femen activists barged into the separate wreath-laying ceremony by his daughter, Marine Le Pen.

The chaotic May Day events reflected a party in turmoil over a family feud between its 86-year-old founder and his daughter, who has pushed him to the sidelines.

During Marine Le Pen's speech at the Paris Opera house, three Femen members appeared on a nearby balcony, unfurling a flag reading "Heil Le Pen" and, using a bullhorn, briefly drowned out her speech decrying immigration and the European Union.