On February 8, 2008, a French court sentenced Jean Marie Le Pen, the leader of France's right wing National Front party, to three months in jail for minimizing the Nazi occupation of France during World War II. The sentence included a 10,000 euro fine and was in response to Le Pen claiming that the occupation was "not particularly inhumane." Le Pen made a strong showing in France's 2002 presidential election and has made headlines in the past for pushing to restore the death penalty, pull France out of NATO and restrict immigration. His daughter, Marine Le Pen, has succeeded him as leader of the National Front, and she posed a formidable showing in the 2012 presidential election.
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