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Jean-François Jalkh (French pronunciation: ​[ʒɑ̃.fʁɑ̃swa ʒalk]; born 23 May 1957) is a French politician who is the current Member of the European Parliament for National Front, representing East France.[1]

Jean-François Jalkh

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Leader of the National Front
Interim
In office
25 April 2017 – 28 April 2017
Preceded byMarine Le Pen
Succeeded bySteeve Briois (interim)
Member of the European Parliament
for East France
Assumed office
1 July 2014
Personal details
Born (1957-05-23) 23 May 1957 (age 62)
Tournan-en-Brie, France
Political partyNational Front

On 25 April 2017, after the resignation of Marine Le Pen as chairwoman of the National Front, Jalkh was named as the interim chairman and leader. He was initially likely to succeed Le Pen as incumbent. He stepped down three days later, on April 28, after being heavily criticised on comments made about Nazi extermination camps (see below). He had been replaced by Steeve Briois as Interim Leader.

He is known for his "vieille garde" (old guard) views, relating to the pre-de-demonisation platform of the FN, such as calling the use of Zyklon B in the Holocaust "technically impossible"[2] and opposing the expulsion of Jean-Marie Le Pen from the Front National.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Jean-François JALKH". European Parliament. Retrieved 5 January 2017.
  2. ^ "New Leader Of Le Pen's Party Accused Of Gas Chamber Denial".