French far-right anoints candidates amid party crisis that forced founding father from running

France's far-right National Front is meeting to anoint candidates for regional elections amid a party crisis that forced founder Jean-Marie Le Pen from running.

Le Pen's granddaughter, rising star Marion Le Pen, was assured of backing at Friday's meeting to replace him in the southern region in the December voting.

Party president Marine Le Pen said on national television last week that she would oppose her father's candidacy after he made anti-Semitic remarks, repeating that the Nazi gas chambers were a "detail" in World War II history and praising Nazi collaborator Philippe Petain. He risks disciplinary action in the weeks ahead.

Marine Le Pen is striving to make the party voter-friendly, and it has chalked up electoral successes.

The public feud threw the party into one of its worst crises.