Le Pen, 79, re-elected head of Front National

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19 November 2007, BORDEAUX - Veteran French far-right leader Jean-Marie Le Pen was re-elected president of the Front National Sunday at a party congress in the southwestern city of Bordeaux.

19 November 2007

BORDEAUX - Veteran French far-right leader Jean-Marie Le Pen was re-elected president of the Front National Sunday at a party congress in the southwestern city of Bordeaux.

Le Pen, who got 97.67 percent of members' votes, has said this will almost certainly be his last three-year term as leader of the party he founded in 1972.

In May's presidential election Le Pen scored a disappointing 10.4 percent of the vote, failing to qualify for the second round as he did in 2002.

The party is now in financial difficulty and may be forced to sell its headquarters in the Paris suburb of Saint-Cloud.

Le Pen's daughter Marine Le Pen is being groomed as his successor, though she faces a challenge from the party's long-standing number two Bruno Gollnisch.

AFP

Subject: French news

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