France's Le Pen angry at father for defending 'gas chamber' comment

April 2, 2015 12:39 PM

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France's Le Pen angry at father for defending 'gas chamber' comment

PARIS (Reuters) - Tensions between French National Front leader Marine Le Pen and her father Jean-Marie worsened on Thursday as the 86-year-old founder of the far-right party defended having described Nazi gas chambers as a "detail of history".

Since taking over from her father in 2011, Marine Le Pen has tried to rid the anti-immigrant party of its anti-Semitic image and widen its voter appeal as she readies a bid for the French presidency in 2017.

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