>> Four months after a heavy electoral defeat and France's National Front is in further chaos. The far right party is on the verge of a split between its leader Marine La Pen and her chief deputy that could open the way to policy changes and a rebrand for the controversial group.
Le Pen and her deputy, Florin Filipoiu, have fallen out over their different stances on France's relationship with the European Union. While Le Pen has for years defended Filipoiu's anti-Euro protectionist line against critics within the party, she's increasingly distanced herself from his stance. Focusing instead of the party's anti-immigration roots.
Filipoiu, in turn, distancing himself from Le Pen.>>
> Clearly, if in the future, my party doesn't believe in national independence, if it isn't patriotic, then clearly there's no place for me there, because I do believe in national independence.>> Le Pen has now issued her deputy an ultimatum, saying he must decide between his party role and a think tank group he set up focused on an anti-Euro policy.
>> But as Reuter's Ingrid Melander explains, a potential split could be good for the National Front leader.>> Because presidential elections second round was such a disappointment, she also has to find a reason, an explanation as to why it happened and a way to move forward. And if this does go ahead, I mean, he hasn't yet left the party.
But it's getting more and more intense. So if this does go ahead, it's also a way for her to turn the page and move on to something different.>> That could include shifting the National Front policy on the Euro, which might, in turn, help forge alliances with other right wing politicians.
The party have given themselves until March to rebrand, in preparation for the next presidential election in 2022.>>