In April of 2015 Le Pen’s father, Jean-Marie Le Pen, gave two interviews that included controversial statements regarding World War II and on minorities in France and caused tensions within the FN. Marine Le Pen organised a postal vote to ask FN members to alter the constitution of the party in order to expel her father. J-M Le Pen continued to campaign but the justice annulled the vote. On August 25, the FN executive council voted to expel him from the party that he was a founder forty years ago. Many observers noticed Marine’s dependence on her closest adviser, Florian Philippot who was a former technocrat of the left. The FN launched an expulsion of members who had opposed the change within the FN under Marine Le Pen’s leadership.
Le Pen subsequently announced her candidacy for the presidency of the regional council of Nord-Pas-de-Calais-Picardie in the 2015 regional elections, though she expressed her regret over the proximity of these elections to the next presidential election. Le Pen finished first on the 6th of December with 40.6 percent, and the Socialist candidate, who scored 18.12 percent, resigned. She declared her support for her right-wing opponent Xavier Bertrand who took the victory with 57.80%. Marion is her niece. also lost in similar circumstances but by a smaller margin.
2016-2017: Second presidential run
Main article: French presidential election, 2017