Founder of France's rising far-right National Front calls prospect of name change 'ridiculous'

The founder of France's far-right National Front, Jean-Marie Le Pen, is rankled over the prospect that the party — a rising political force — could change its name. He dismisses the idea as "ridiculous."

Le Pen, 86, now honorary president of the party led by daughter Marine Le Pen, told The Associated Press this week that he was "obviously very hostile" to any move to change the name of the anti-immigration party founded in 1972.

The party showed a unified front at its weekend congress as Marine Le Pen aims for her dream job — president of France in 2017. But a number of issues, including an eventual name-change, have proved divisive — even if father Le Pen insists there are no fractures.