French Far-Right Party Founder Steps Aside

The 86-year-old founder of France's far-right FN party, Jean-Marie Le Pen, was under observation in a hospital on Thursday after an operation, in the midst of a family feud that has seen him clash with his daughter Marine, now the party leader. Marine Le Pen said her father was doing fine She says, he had a benign operation and there is no reason to worry." The former paratrooper agreed on Monday to give up on seeking the party's ticket to run instead in regional polls, taking some of the sting out of the damaging public dispute.