Reverend Jesse Jackson attends a ceremony at the Luxembourg Gardens to mark the abolition of slavery and to pay tribute to the victims of the slave trade, in Paris, France, May 10, 2016. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer
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U.S. civil rights leader Jesse Jackson voiced "disgust" Wednesday at the ideas of French far-right veteran Jean-Marie Le Pen, after the surprise revelation that they had dined together in Paris.The pair traded tense Twitter posts after the National Front firebrand posted a picture of them at a restaurant in the French capital at the weekend.The Baptist minister attended events Tuesday alongside French President Francois Hollande and Prime Minister Manuel Valls marking France's slavery remembrance day.Le Pen was kicked out of the anti-immigration FN for refusing to tone down racist and anti-Semitic comments.Jackson was criticised in the early 1980s for his ties to black nationalist leader Louis Farrakhan, known for his anti-Jewish rhetoric.He also apologised in a speech before national Jewish leaders for using a pejorative term for Jews in remarks to a Washington Post reporter in 1984 .
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