Published: Sun, March 11, 2018
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'Let them call you racists,' Bannon tells far-right French party

'Let them call you racists,' Bannon tells far-right French party

National Front party leader Marine Le Pen, right, and former White House strategist Steve Bannon hold a press conference at the party congress in the northern French city of Lille, Saturday, March 10, 2018.

"What I've learned is that you're part of a worldwide movement, that is bigger than France, bigger than Italy, bigger than Hungary - bigger than all of it".

In France, some warned that Bannon's support could damage Le Pen's efforts to cleanse the National Front of the racist stigma that has long clung to the party's image. From his travels, Bannon said he is now certain "history is on our side". He was ousted from the White House previous year amid tensions and stepped down as chairman of Breitbart News Network in January after a public break with Trump.

"It cares about one thing: Are you a citizen of the United States of America?"

"Since last Sunday, there really is the impression that the victory of the League gave new confidence, new hope to Marine Le Pen and other leaders who see a favorable historic tendency", Camus said, citing Britain's Brexit vote and Donald Trump's presidential victory in the USA as similar guideposts.

At a news conference following the address, Bannon waxed lyrical about Marion Marechal-Le Pen, the niece of National Front leader Marine Le Pen, seeing a great future ahead of the "rising star".

The far-right leader has praised Bannon as "the architect of Donald Trump's victory".

Le Pen arrived in Lille having vowed to ditch the tainted FN brand, seen as a key hurdle to winning power, in favour of an as yet unannounced new name.

The outcome of Italy's election last weekend has energized France's far right.

Further humiliation is in store for the 89-year-old Jean-Marie Le Pen when the party votes to strip him of his role as honorary president, severing his last formal link to the movement he co-founded and led for almost four decades.

The party canvassed 51,000 members past year about the name change proposal and on Saturday it emerged that just 52 percent had voted in favour among the 30,000 who responded. "Wear it as a badge of honor", he declared. You argue for your freedom and they call you a xenophobe. Let them call you nativist.

She also said: "It is because we are Europeans that we are opposed to the European Union!".

According to Le Pen, the party "must acquire the culture of alliances, acquire the culture of a government party", and "changing the name is one of the ways to make it known".

Jean-Marie Le Pen said that in losing heavily to Macron his daughter had "not been equal to the challenge" - a sentiment echoed by many FN members.

Since taking over the National Front's presidency in 2011, Marine Le Pen has worked to broaden the party's appeal by erasing the footprint of her father, who has multiple convictions for racism and anti-Semitism.

"She wants to revive her links with party members and gear up for next year's European Elections". She bowed out of politics after her aunt's presidential defeat, but is expected to come back in a new role. It won more seats in the European Parliament than any other French party in 2014.

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