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Jean-Marie Le Pen expelled by France's National Front

Jean-Marie Le Pen, who co-founded France's far-right National Front, has been excluded from the party following a disciplinary hearing.

The decision was announced in a statement hours after the end of a three-hour hearing by the party's executive bureau, during which the 87-year-old defended himself against a list of 15 complaints.

Party president Marine Le Pen has been trying for months to oust her father, who held the title of honorary president for life.

A statement said the executive bureau "deliberated and decided ... the exclusion of Mr. Jean-Marie Le Pen as member of the National Front".

His lawyer, Frederic Joachim, called the decision a "political assassination".

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