Holocaust controversy back to haunt Le Pen's election campaign

French campaign revs up with rival rallies, May Day marches

French campaign revs up with rival rallies, May Day marches

On Friday, Le Pen made a direct appeal to Melenchon voters with a video on her official Facebook page, stressing what they had in common. "That is everything Marine Le Pen wants to destroy".

But it was the alleged remarks 17 years ago of Jean-Francois Jalkh, a discrete party vice-president and longtime member, which raised the question of whether Le Pen risks throttling France backward to its darkest moments if she defeats centrist rival Emmanuel Macron, who is favored, and becomes the next president.

Jean-Marie Le Pen, the National Front (FN) party founder from whom his daughter has sought to distance herself because of his controversial views, criticised a speech made at the ceremony by the dead policeman's partner earlier this week.

"Me, I consider that from a technical point of view it's impossible, I say impossible to use it in ... mass exterminations", he said in the interview, a transcript of which was first unearthed by a journalist with France's La Croix newspaper on Wednesday.

It sets Macron's enthusiasm for the European Union and call for pro-business reforms to boost growth against Le Pen's desire for France to close its borders to immigrants, unwind EU institutions and restrict imports to protect jobs.

Jalkh told Le Monde that he did not recall the interview.

Le Pen announced on Monday she was temporarily stepping aside as leader of the National Front (FN) to remain "above partisan considerations" while campaigning in the second round of the presidential election.

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In the interview Jalkh also praised the "rigour" of the arguments used by Robert Faurisson, a Holocaust denier and former academic convicted of contesting crimes against humanity after questioning the systematic killing of Jews with gas during the second world war.

He courted controversy again on Friday, saying a remembrance ceremony for a policeman killed last week by an attacker in Paris "exalted" the concept of gay marriage by giving the policeman's male partner the stage to speak in his memory.

David Rachline, Le Pen's campaign manager, denounced "a fake scandal" and said Jalkh had filed a formal complaint.

'With what he earns, I'm not surprised [by his comments].' 'I suppose Zinedine Zidane has quite a bit of financial might so he must be interested in Macron winning the general election to save the wealth he has accrued thanks to his talent'. But after he proceeded to repeat the "detail" remark, Marine Le Pen expelled her father from the party in 2015, as the party tried to regain legitimacy.

Radical left leader Jean-Luc Melenchon, who won 19.6 percent of the vote on April 23, has refused to explicitly endorse the liberal Macron, a decision for which he has been widely criticised.

Fringe right-wing candidate Dupont-Aignan, meanwhile, gave his backing to Le Pen as expected.

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