French court annuls far-right party's mail-in vote against National Front founder Le Pen

A French court has annulled a special vote organized by far right leader Marine Le Pen to try to end her father's influence on their National Front party by stripping his title of honorary president.

The court in the Paris suburb of Nanterre ruled Wednesday that the vote by party members, currently underway, represents a breach in party statutes. The judge said the mail-in consultation risks depriving Jean-Marie Le Pen of any means of speech.

Last week, the same court in Nanterre reinstated Jean-Marie Le Pen as a member of the party he founded decades ago, delivering a biting blow to his daughter, the party president, who had tried to suspend him after a series of controversial and anti-Semitic statements.