A local councillor for France’s far-right National Front (FN), who made headlines earlier this year after converting to Islam, has been sacked, the party said Tuesday.
Maxence Buttey, an elected member of the municipal council of Noisy-le-Grand, a suburb of Paris, was temporarily suspended from the National Front in October, after he announced his conversion to Islam in a video and urged fellow members of the anti-immigration party to do the same.
The 22-year-old’s suspension was lifted shortly after by the party’s leadership – a decision that left many FN members unhappy, including Marion Maréchal-Le Pen, niece of party leader Marine Le Pen, who called for his punishment to be reinstated.
But following reports in the French media, the FN’s regional chief Jordan Bardella confirmed Tuesday that Buttey has now been dismissed from the party.
Speaking to AFP, Bardella said Buttey was an “unstable boy, timid and with a limited ability to work in groups”.
The video touting Islam was “the straw that broke the camel’s back”, he said, adding that “the relationship of trust is lost”.