Far-right leader Jean-Marie Le Pen interned in France

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Jean-Marie Le Pen was hospitalized this Saturday in Paris for a “mild heart attack”. As revealed by his environment, the 94-year-old founder and historic leader of the far-right in France suffered from an ailment while staying at his home in the Parisian commune Rueil-Malmaison, in the Hauts-de-Seine.

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“Jean-Marie Le Pen was hospitalized in a public facility in the Paris region. His family and his relatives are worried but calm“, indicated his adviser Lorrain de Saint Affrique, who underlined it is “conscious” it is accompanied.

A friend of Le Pen, quoted by the French newspaper Le Point, provided more details: “A great tiredness, perhaps of a cardiac typejustifies his immediate hospitalization by decision of his doctors”.

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Le Pen was last hospitalized in February last year after suffering a transient ischemic attack, a mild form of stroke. Once out of that trance, he gave no concrete sign of weakness and up until last week he even got the press to give interviews.

Le Pen was born on 20 June 1928 in La Trinité-sur-Mer, a small Breton port. Son of a fisherman, he was orphaned as a teenager.

Decorated veteran of the French paratroopers of the Foreign Legion in Indochina (1953), Suez (1956) and Algeria (1957), he began his political career when he was elected deputy for Paris in 1956 in the French National Assembly for the party of Pierre Poujade (UDCA , Union for the Defense of Merchants and Artisans).

In 1957 he became general secretary of the National Front of Fighters (FNC). The following year he was re-elected deputy of the French National Assembly with the National Center of Independents and Peasants (CNIP) party, led by Antoine Pinay. In 1965, he became director of the presidential campaign of Jean-Louis Tixier-Vignancour.

In 1972 he founded the far-right party of the National Front (FN), which became the National Group and led since November by his daughter Marine, who finished second in the 2022 presidential elections (41.5%) against the current president, Emanuele Macron.

In 1984 and 1999 he won a seat in the European Parliament. He was deprived of his seat by the European Court of Justice on April 10, 2003. In 1992 and 1998 he was elected to the regional parliament of Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur.

Le Pen ran for the French presidential elections in 1974, 1988 and 1995, with mediocre results, but in the 2002 elections he obtained 16.86% of the votes in the first round, enough to qualify for the second round, in which he was defeated by Jacques Chirac.

In the 2007 elections, he ran for president again, although on that occasion he finished in fourth place with just over 10% of the vote.

In January 2011, he handed over the presidency of the National Front to his daughter Marine and was named honorary president of the party.

On May 4, 2015, he was suspended from membership in the party he founded, following controversial statements about denial of the Nazi Holocaust. After a long conflict, during which he forced the party to reinstate him, he was definitively expelled on August 20 of that year.

On 5 September 2015 in Marseille, in front of 300 supporters, he announced the creation of a new political formation, the Red White Blue Union, with the aim of uniting the far right, and in March 2016 he officially launched his new political party under the Committees appoint Jeanne.

With information from agencies.


Source: Clarin

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