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Fate of patriarch of France's far right in hands of party conclave after anti-Semitic remark

  • France’s far-right National Front party’s founder Jean-Marie Le Pen watches after he placed 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 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 watches after he placed 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 is not taking a seat at the tribune. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)  (The Associated Press)

  • Jean-Marie le Pen, former head of far-right party National Front, arrives at the party headquarters in Nanterre, outside Paris, France, Monday, May 4, 2015. Jean-Marie  Le Pen goes before a party disciplinary board  over anti-Semitic remarks, in what could be the culmination of a high-stakes family feud. Rising stars within the party — especially his daughter, the current party leader — want to shut him up. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

    Jean-Marie le Pen, former head of far-right party National Front, arrives at the party headquarters in Nanterre, outside Paris, France, Monday, May 4, 2015. Jean-Marie Le Pen goes before a party disciplinary board over anti-Semitic remarks, in what could be the culmination of a high-stakes family feud. Rising stars within the party — especially his daughter, the current party leader — want to shut him up. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)  (The Associated Press)

The man who for nearly four decades headed France's far-right National Front may now be on the fast-track to disgrace.

Jean-Marie Le Pen goes before a party disciplinary board Monday over anti-Semitic remarks, in what could be the culmination of a high-stakes family feud. Rising stars within the party — especially his daughter, the current party leader — want to shut him up.

Marine Le Pen has campaigned to transform the anti-immigration party from political pariah to a voter-friendly alternative with her eye on 2017 presidential elections.

The party hasn't publicly announced what sanctions Jean-Marie may face. He is facing disciplinary action for remarks minimizing the Holocaust for which he has been convicted in the past, and praising French wartime leader Philippe Petain, who collaborated with the Nazis.