The historical far-right leader Jean-Marie LePenwhose daughter is a candidate for the presidency in the elections next April in France, was hospitalized this Wednesday night after suffering a “mild form” of strokereported the local press.
LePen, 93 years old and founder of the National Front (now the National Association), “was hospitalized as a precaution” on Wednesday night and “will return to his home probably on Saturday or Sunday,” explained Le Pen’s adviser, Lorrain de Saint Affrique, the French news agency AFP reported. .
The “mild form” of stroke occurred on Monday night when he lost between “a minute and a minute and a half his vision” over dinner at his home in the Paris region.
A doctor friend monitored him until his admission on Wednesday night.
“Today’s examinations have shown that there is nothing to worry about, there is nothing threatening,” Le Pen’s adviser said.
His hospitalization comes when his daughter Marine Le Pen, candidate of the far-right National Group (AN) for the presidential election, competes in the polls with other right-wing candidates to access the ballot next April against the current president Emmanuel Macron.
Le Pen’s daughter took over the party in 2011 and later changed its name to AN as she sought to alienate the party from her racist and xenophobic reputation.
Last Monday, before he suffered the stroke, Le Pen had stated that he would support Marine’s candidacy in the presidential elections, since he had a better chance of defeating Macron in the second round.
His support comes after several AN politicians have joined the ranks of Eric Zemmour, of the far-right party ¡Reconquista!, in recent days, and his niece Marion Marechal said that Zemmour was the best candidate.
Family tension forced Jean-Marie Le Pen, who reached the second round of the presidential election in 2002 that conservative Jacques Chirac won, to express his “support” for Marine Le Pen and his “sympathy” for Zemmour, who adopts a tougher stance than his niece on immigration and security issues and advocates more liberal economic policies.
Zemmour is fourth in voting intention polls, after Macron, main Conservative challenger Valerie Pecresse and Marine Le Pen.