France’s Marion Maréchal-Le Pen Quiting politics for her daughter
In a letter she wrote to local newspaper Marion Maréchal-Le Pen explained her decision not to defend her role in the MP in National Assembly
Marion Maréchal-Le Pen said “she had not spent enough time with her daughter “in her very precious early years – and I have missed her terribly, too. It’s vital that I devote more time to her”.
She also said politics had been her whole life and she did not rule out a comeback “I’m not giving up the political fight forever.”
She was seen by a future leader of the National Front(FN), founded by her grand father.She said she regretted her niece’s decision, but “as a mother” she understood why she take that step.
Her decision has seen blown to the far right, which attracted 10.6M votes on Sunday, it is the biggest vote on the record.
The FN is now hoping to translate that advance into a larger number of seats in parliamentary elections on 11 and 18 June.
The party’s presidential candidate, Marine Le Pen, has been widely criticised for a series of failings in the final weeks of the campaign, particularly her abrasive performance in the televised pre-election debate.
Marion Maréchal-Le Pen is more hardline than her aunt, who tried to attract a broader range of voters with a greater focus on social policies.
After the election, the young MP admitted to being disappointed by the result, and said the party needed to reflect.
Jean-Marie Le Pen denounced his grand-daughter’s decision to step back from politics as a “desertion”, as she represented the future for many FN supporters.
She is also leaving her position as president of the FN in the wider Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region.
‘Not giving up’
She said she was giving up because she missed her two-year-old daughter but was not leaving politics for good.