Jean-Marie Le Pen


Jean-Marie Le Pen (20 June 1928 in Trinité-sur-Mer, France) is the founder of the French party the Front national (FN). The name "Pen" derives from the Breton word "penn",[1] which means "chief" and is a cognate of the Welsh word "pen".[2] He founded the Front national in 1972. His daughters are Marie-Caroline, Yann and Marine Le Pen, listed from oldest to youngest, and he has nine granddaughters, one of whom is Marion Maré­chal-Le Pen.[3][4][5] Jean-Marie is Roman Catholic.[6]

Loss of FN membership, recovery of Honorary President status

Because of views of his that were deemed unacceptable by the FN, Jean-Marie lost his party membership. He has called the Holocaust a detail of history.[7][8] Through a court victory on 17 November 2016, Jean-Marie won the right to remain the Honorary President of the FN, although he was not able to retain the right to be a card-carrying member.[9][10][11] This means that if the FN ever fails to invite him to a meeting, it will be fined 2,000 euros each time it does so.[10]

Support for Donald Trump

Jean-Marie endorsed a Donald Trump presidency tweeting: "If I were American I would vote for Donald Trump ... may God protect him!"[8][12]


Jean-Marie denies having had any homosexual experiences and has called homosexuality a "biological and social anomaly". A man named André Labarrère has claimed to have had a homosexual relationship with him in the 1970s. Jean-Marie has responded saying that André fantasised about him.[6]

External links


  1. "penn". Retrieved 19 February 2017.
  2. "pen". Retrieved 22 March 2017.
  3. "Marion Maréchal-Le Pen". Retrieved 17 December 2016.
  4. "Jean-Marie Le Pen". Retrieved 22 March 2017.
  5. Tugdual Denis (8 January 2016). "Le roman des sœurs Le Pen". Retrieved 22 March 2017.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Henry Samuel (12 December 2014). "French Front National vice president Florian Philippot 'outed' as gay". Retrieved 22 March 2017.
  7. Angelique Chrisafis (8 April 2015). "France's Front National plunged into family feud over Holocaust remarks". Retrieved 22 March 2017.
  8. 8.0 8.1 "Far-right icon Jean-Marie Le Pen tweets support for Trump". 28 February 2016. Retrieved 22 March 2017.
  9. Henry Samuel (17 November 2016). "Jean-Marie Le Pen must remain Front National's 'honorary president', French court rules, in blow for daughter Marine". Retrieved 22 March 2017.
  10. 10.0 10.1 Matt Payton (17 November 2016). "Marine Le Pen could win presidential election in 2017, French PM admits". Retrieved 22 March 2017.
  11. Jean-Marie Le Pen (17 November 2016). @lepenjm. Retrieved 22 March 2017.
  12. Jean-Marie Le Pen (27 February 2016). @lepenjm. Retrieved 22 March 2017.