Scam forces far right leader out of poll

2nd February 2004, Comments 0 comments

TOULON, France, Feb 2 (AFP) - A far-right French politician convicted this month of illegal campaign financing, Bruno Megret, said Monday he was pulling out of regional elections in the French Riviera because of a "scandalous legal storm" against him.

TOULON, France, Feb 2 (AFP) - A far-right French politician convicted this month of illegal campaign financing, Bruno Megret, said Monday he was pulling out of regional elections in the French Riviera because of a "scandalous legal storm" against him.

Megret, who was once a lieutenant to far-right leader Jean-Marie Le Pen but who broke away to start a rival party, told a media conference he would ask for "political asylum in another region".

He also said his National Republican Movement (MNR) would still put forward candidates in a dozen regions for the the elections to be held March 21 and 28.

Megret said his party's treasurer, Alain Vauzelle, would replace him for the polls on the Riviera.

On January 26, a court found Megret and Vauzelle guilty of irregularities in the MNR's financing.

Megret said candidates from his party would "self-finance" the fees to be put on the election lists.

© AFP

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