paris - Jean-François Jalkh, interim president of the Front National, who took over the position of presidential candidate Marine Le Pen earlier this week, has left. Le Pens rivals Emmanuel Macron reminded the French Thursday that Jalkh had previously questioned the Holocaust.
Jalkh in 2000 knew that he doubted whether the Nazis actually killed Jews in gas chambers. Antisemitism is a thorn in the eye of Le Pen. To banish her from her party, she even set her father, FN founder and a declared Holocaust connoisseur Jean-Marie Le Pen at a distance.
Steeve Briois, Mayor of Henin-Beaumont, the first municipality where the FN has ever reached an absolute majority, has taken over.
Le Pen left the presidency aside to concentrate on her campaign in the run-up to the French presidential elections on 7 May.