File - French far-right Front National leader Marine Le Pen and her father Jean-Marie Le Pen applaud during the 15th congress of the party, in Lyon, central France, Nov. 29, 2014. (AP/Laurent Cipriani)
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Philippot also refused to rule out officially excluding the party founder, when asked about it on French radio earlier in the day.The FN founder has been no stranger to controversy since he became head of the far-right party in 1972, and he continued to come out with shock statements even after his daughter took over the reins of the National Front in 2011 .Apart from condemning the comments, the 46-year-old also said Wednesday that she would oppose her father standing in regional elections in December.
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