>> Its record on the fate of Jews in World War II, back to haunt France's National Front. Earlier this week, presidential candidate Marine Le Pen stood down, temporarily, as the leader of the far-right party. And, now, the man earmarked to fill her shoes is suddenly doing the same.
Jean-Francois Jalkh accused of making questionable remarks about Nazi gas chambers.>> He feels that the climate is not conducive for him to carry out this interim role. He wants to defend himself and he will be filing a legal complaint, because he feels that his honor has been attacked.
And I can tell you that he firmly and formally contests what he's accused of.>> Steeve Briois, the mayor of Le Pen's flagship town, Henin-Beaumont, will take his place. Jalkh's erupt exit awakening the ghosts from the Front's past, reviving the outcry sparked by Le Pen's father when he called the Nazi guest chambers a detail of history.
Leading his daughter to expel him from the party, an effort to cleanse the National Front's image of xenophobic and anti-Semitic associations. As Le Pen grappled with the potentially damaging turn of events, presidential favorite, Emanuel Macron, headed to a village that has been preserved as it was when SS soldiers killed nearly all of its inhabitants in 1944.
A frozen-in-time memorial to over 600 men, women, and children. At the end of the first week of campaigning, polls continue to have centrist Macron in a convincing lead, beating Le Pen in the final ballot with 60% of the vote. Accusations of Holocaust denial unlikely to help her turn that around.