Far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen's campaign was not aggressive enough, says her father, National Front party founder Jean-Marie Le Pen. Rough cut (no reporter narration)
ROUGH CUT. NO REPORTER NARRATION. French far-right veteran Jean-Marie Le Pen on Tuesday (April 25) said his daughter's presidential campaign was not aggressive enough, and added she should have followed the example of Donald Trump in the United States. With 7.6 million votes, according to the French interior ministry, Marine Le Pen beat the National Front party's previous election record in the first round of voting. She now goes through to a May 7 runoff against centrist Emmanuel Macron. Tuesday's comments just the latest criticism of Marine Le Pen's strategy to "de-demonise" the National Front by her father, who founded the party in 1972. He shocked the world in 2002 by qualifying for the second round of the presidential election before losing to conservative Jacques Chirac. It also came a day after Marine Le Pen said she was taking a "leave of absence" from the day-to-day management of the party - a symbolic move meant to make her appear above partisan considerations, and intended to help her win support beyond her base of core voters.