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French far-right party excludes founder Jean-Marie Le Pen

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Jean-Marie Le Pen, who co-founded France's far-right National Front, has been excluded from the party following a disciplinary hearing.


   The decision was announced in a statement hours after the end of a three-hour hearing by the party's executive bureau, during which the 87-year-old Le Pen defended himself against a list of 15 complaints.


   Party president Marine Le Pen, the elder's daughter, has been trying for months to oust her father, who held the title of honorary president for life.


   A statement said the executive bureau "deliberated and decided ... the exclusion of Mr. Jean-Marie Le Pen as member of the National Front."


   His lawyer, Frederic Joachim called the decision a "political assassination."

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