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‘That is a lie’ – Marine Le Pen disputes reports of Father’s comments

May 23rd, 2014
06:52 AM ET

By Mick Krever, CNN

Marine Le Pen, leader of France’s far-right National Front party, disputed on Friday reports that her father suggested Ebola as a possible cure for Europe’s immigration problem.

“Madame, this is a lie,” Le Pen told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour. “That is a lie, a maneuver, a campaign maneuver. He never said that.”

Ahead of European Parliament elections, Jean-Marie Le Pen – founder of the National Front – reportedly said the deadly Ebola virus could help step global population and help Europe’s “immigration problem” in the process, according to French media.

“He was not speaking about immigration,” Marine Le Pen said. “He was speaking about the fate of humanity as a whole. That is what he said.”

The National Front, like many far-right parties across Europe, is grappling with allegations that in advocating more national autonomy from the EU they are also spewing racist propaganda.

“I do not have any image to clean up as far as the leadership is concerned. [My father] defends all French people, whatever their race, whatever their religion, whatever their origins.”

“So let me just be clear,” Amanpour said, “the French press reported that those were your father’s words ahead of a rally in Marseille this week on Tuesday. Are you denying that?”

“Yes, it is a lie,” Le Pen said.

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  1. David


    May 23, 2014 at 11:38 am | Reply
  2. SAS

    Ha. Just like it is a lie that he claimed the Holocaust was a detail of history ?

    May 25, 2014 at 12:32 am | Reply
  3. Henri Lévêque

    Marine Le Pen would like to welcome you all to Vichy France. Thanks, but no thanks, Madame Le Pen.

    May 25, 2014 at 12:21 pm | Reply
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    Mme Le Pen hot à great victory because the other parties PS and UMP have been disqualified. They conducted France to bankrupcy. They helped 8 millions of african peuple to land in France during the last 40 years. The France people is quite upset.

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