French far-right official barred for Islamophobic remarks

French far-right official barred for Islamophobic remarks
France's far-right National Front have suspended a member of the party Catherine Blein for making anti-Muslim remarks on Friday.
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The far-right candidate made Islamophobic remarks online [AFP]

France's far-right National Front suspended a member for making anti-Muslim remarks on Friday, officials said, two days before a presidential run-off pitting FN leader Marine Le Pen against centrist rival Emmanuel Macron.

Catherine Blein, a councillor in the northwest Brittany region for the FN, "has been disavowed," said Odile de Mellon, a local FN official.

Mellon added that the party had barred Blein from standing in next month's legislative elections.

The move came after the BuzzFeed news site reported on Friday that Blein had been posting xenophobic and anti-gay remarks on her Facebook and Twitter accounts for years. 

Buzzfeed cited several examples of Blein's Tweets and Facebook posts.

One tweet from June 2015 read: "Shame on Islam, which must be eradicated from our soil as a precaution."

Last month she complained after a gay policeman slain by a militant on Paris's Champs Elysees was eulogised by his partner at a memorial service led by President Francois Hollande.

"Any pretext is used to bring homosexuality into our lives," she wrote on Twitter.

Blein told BuzzFeed that she believed France faced a "grand replacement" in which the majority white population would gradually be replaced by non-white immigrants.

Following the article, Blein doubled down on her views, writing on Facebook: "When we fight for France we are also fighting for you."

Le Pen, who has sought to purge the party of its xenophobic image, reached Sunday's second-round run-off against Macron with 21.3 percent of the vote in the first round.

Macron has a 22-point lead over Le Pen going into the final showdown, according to the latest polls.