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Pun by French far-right party founder slammed as anti-Semitic

Published on Jun 8, 2014 10:10 PM
 
Jean-Marie Le Pen, France's National Front political party founder delivers a speech during a campaign rally before the European Parliament elections in Marseille, May 20, 2014. Anti-racism campaigners reacted with outrage on Sunday to an apparent anti-Semitic pun by France's former far-right leader Jean-Marie Le Pen. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

PARIS (AFP) - Anti-racism campaigners reacted with outrage on Sunday to an apparent anti-Semitic pun by France's former far-right leader Jean-Marie Le Pen.

SOS Racisme denounced as "the most anti-Semitic filth" a pledge by the founder of the National Front (FN) party to put his critics in their place using a pun suggesting Nazi gas chambers.

The remark was contained in a video clip posted on the FN website and since removed.

In the video, Mr Le Pen railed against a number of critics including pop star Madonna and Yannick Noah, the French singer and former tennis champion.

 
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