Le Pen’s party withdraws candidate over photo of him wearing Nazi hat

Le Pen’s party withdraws candidate over photo of him wearing Nazi hat

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Marine Le Pen’s far-right National Rally party has withdrawn its candidate for France’s parliamentary elections after a photo emerged of her wearing a Nazi hat.

It concerns Ludivine Daudi, the candidate for the north-western Calvados constituency. She obtained nearly 20 percent of the vote in the first round of the elections held on Sunday, which the National Front party won at the national level.

The photo of Daoudi was shared by Emma Forro, a candidate for the left-wing electoral coalition New Popular Front (NFP). It is a screenshot from Daoudi’s Facebook page, showing her wearing a German air force officer’s cap with a swastika on it.

Fourreau shared that photo on X with a call not to vote for RN in the second round of elections next Sunday:

An RN spokesperson in Calvados says: against local media Daoudi admits she wore the hat. “This photo was taken several years ago at an arms fair in Saint-Pierre-sur-Dive. She admits that the photo was in bad taste.” The spokesman added that her nomination was immediately withdrawn.

Daoudi’s withdrawal means Calvados voters can vote for two remaining candidates on Sunday: Forro, who came in second the day before yesterday, and Joël Bruno of the right-wing Republicans party.

The second round is exciting.

Next Sunday, the French will go to the polls again in hundreds of constituencies that have yet to win a winner. Only candidates who have won at least 12.5 percent of the vote in the first round will be on the ballot. It often happens in France that parties negotiate with each other between the first and second rounds to increase their chances of success.

Newspaper the world Reports say that as of 1:30 p.m., more than 200 candidates have already withdrawn: 127 politicians from left-wing parties and 75 from Macron’s camp. This is seen as a strategic move to contain the National Front. Opponents of the RN hope that the largest number of votes will be cast for the candidate running against the RN in the constituency.

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