New name on agenda of Le Pen's far-right party

Aaron Brown
March 11, 2018

Bannon's speech came as he tours Europe on what he has described as a listening tour.

France's far-right leader Marine Le Pen said Friday her National Front party needs a name change because it has become "adult" and ready to govern.

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

Bannon, was once Trump's chief strategist, and championed his "America First" agenda during both the campaign and the president's first eight months in office.

"Let them call you racist".

"You fight for your country and they call you racist. Let them call you nativists", The Post reported. "Wear it as a badge of honor", he told the crowd at the party congress.

Bannon's visit to France was his latest stop on a tour of European countries, which has included Switzerland and Italy.

"Right or left doesn't mean anything and doesn't reflect the real division in France today which is between those who feel the nation is an obstacle and those who feel the nation is a jewel to be defended", she said.

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"History is on our side", Bannon said to hearty cheers.

Head of the far-right National Front party Marine Le Pen attends a session of questions to the government at the French National Assembly in Paris on March 6, 2018. He was sacked in August over incendiary comments he made in a book about Trump's White House.

Bannon spoke at the National Front's annual convention in the French city of Lille after traveling through Europe in recent weeks for meetings with populist leaders of various parties. "He has understood like Trump, Matteo Salvini and Marine Le Pen the wish of the people to control their own destiny", he tweeted.

Le Pen's young and ambitious niece Marion Maréchal-Le Pen, who claims to have withdrawn temporarily from politics, is also biding her time.

The weekend congress is expected to erase one persistent problem for Le Pen - her unpredictable, bombastic father - by eliminating his title of honorary president-for-life from party statutes.

The National Front was co-founded in 1972 by her father, the convicted Holocaust denier Jean-Marie Le Pen, who continues to refer to Nazi gas chambers as a "detail" in the history of World War II.

The FN "must acquire the culture of alliances. the culture of a governing party and changing its name is one of the ways to let it be known", she said. Asked by reporters how she felt about Bannon's comments, Marine Le Pen turned to the American and said that journalists were trying to stir up competition between the two women.

Ten months ago, the party was on a high after Le Pen saw off the Socialist candidate to take the FN into the second round of the presidential election with unprecedented support, though not enough to defeat Macron.

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