Freedom Party (FPÖ) leader HC Strache sought today to distance himself from a developing row over remarks made by French far-right National Front founder, Jean-Marie Le Pen.

After the outcry of anti-Semitic statements made by the National Front founder Jean-Marie Le Pen, FPÖ leader Heinz-Christian Strache made it clear in an interview with radio station OE1 that "Such a thing has no place in the political debate."

Strache is seeking to form a pan-European parliamentary alliance with several right-wing parties, including the French National Front under the leadership of Le Pen's daughter, Marine Le Pen.  The remarks led to a dispute between Le Pen and his daughter, thereby complicating efforts to form the alliance.

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