French candidate skips visit to holocaust Museum

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Posted: Nov 02, 2011 3:32 PM
French candidate skips visit to holocaust Museum

A French presidential candidate for the far-right National Front party has skipped a visit to Washington's U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, where she planned to pay respects to over 6 million Jews killed by Nazi Germany.

Marine Le Pen had planned to visit Wednesday during a U.S. tour that also includes stops at Capitol Hill and the United Nations in New York.

Her spokesman Guido Lombardi said she was running late and might visit the museum another time.

The visit would have been seen as a dramatic departure from her father, former party leader Jean-Marie Le Pen. He has been criticized for minimizing the Holocaust and calling gas chambers "a detail" of history.

Marine Le Pen says she wants to broaden appeal for her party, known for its anti-immigration, anti-Islam views.