Le Pen to Give Up Leadership of National Rally Party to Chair Parliament Faction

© Sputnik / Kristina Afanasyeva / Go to the mediabankMarine Le Pen, file photo.
Marine Le Pen, file photo. - Sputnik International, 1920, 20.06.2022
PARIS (Sputnik) - French opposition leader Marine Le Pen said on Monday that she would not remain the chairwoman of the right-wing National Rally party after its victory in parliamentary elections, as she would be leading the party's legislative faction in the French National Assembly.
"I'm not going to lead the National Rally again. I will focus on chairing this very large [legislative] group," Le Pen told the BFMTV broadcaster.
Le Pen has led the National Rally party since 2011.
A picture taken in Paris, on June 19, 2022 shows the speaker's desk ahead of left-wing coalition NUPES meeting held for the first results of the parliamentary elections  - Sputnik International, 1920, 19.06.2022
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