Marion Maréchal-Le Pen to quit politics

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Le Pen says she has called centrist Emmanuel Macron to congratulate him and says the vote confirms her National Front party and its allies as the leader of France's opposition.

People takes part in a demonstration called by labour unions the day after the French presidential election, Monday, May 8, 2017, in Paris.

PARIS (AP) - The niece of defeated far-right French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen announced Tuesday that she's leaving political life, at least temporarily, citing "personal and political reasons".

Other differences between the two include their relationship with the party founder and funder of this year's presidential campaign, Jean-Marie Le Pen.

Marion Maréchal-Le Pen, the niece of defeated far-right French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen, is to quit politics, French media report.

Mr Le Pen said: "I had insisted that she be a candidate and she had been successful". The National Front, far from crying into the pastis are looking for major gains in the legislative elections in June.

Marechal-Le Pen, who was pushing for a harder party line than her aunt on immigration and national identity, isn't closing the door on a return to politics.

Less than 48 hours after her aunt lost her bid to become president, Marechal-Le Pen, a 27-year-old lawmaker, said Tuesday she's retiring from political life "for an experience in civilian life", according to a letter she sent to Vaucluse Matin-Le Dauphiné Libéré newspaper.

She said her relative's decision to soften her stance on seeking to quit the euro had come too late for voters concerned about that part of her programme. In her vision, the ideological base of the National Front should be pro-business, conservative, Catholic and anchored in the defense of traditional values such as family.

"I think it's in the works, but I will let her announce it if she wants to", he said.

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