Marine Le Pen to reveal new name for National Front

11 March, 2018, 01:46 | Author: Diane Mills
  • Marine Le Pen National Front political party leader and Former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon attend the party's convention in Lille France

She will announce a proposed new name for the party on Sunday.

"The National Front has become an adult".

"Let them call you racist".

Last week, Bannon appeared in Rome to observe the elections and advocated for an alliance between the anti-immigrant League party and the populist Five Star Movement in Italy.

He is to meet with the leader of France's right-wing National Front (FN) Marine Le Pen, and address the party's congress in Lille on Saturday.

"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.

Steve Bannon delivers a speech during the French far-right Front National (FN) party annual congress, March 10, 2018 in Lille, France. 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. Steve Bannon has given a big boost to French far right leader Marine Le Pen, telling a cheering crowd at a congress of her National Front party that "history is on our side".

Speaking in Paris before Bannon's address, former party head Jean-Marie Le Pen, from whom Marine took over the leadership in 2011, dubbed the American's visit "paradoxical" and "not exactly the definition of "de-demonisation" his daughter has sought to give the party.

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Bannon spoke only about the 28-year-old neice at the joint news conference with Marechal-Le Pen.

"Bannon, former strategic advisor to United States president, represents rejection of the establishment of which one of the worst symbols is Brussels's EU".

Marion Marechal-Le Pen, a former lawmaker, is more socially conservative and economically liberal than her aunt. The new name, to be announced tomorrow, is meant to distance the party from the toxic aura that it earned under her father, who handed her the leadership in 2011.

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. "It went from a party of protest first in its youth, then from a party of opposition to a party of government", Le Pen said on French broadcaster France 2.

Marine Le Pen is running unopposed for a third term and her address Sunday will see her try to turn a page on the anti-Semitic, openly racist party of her former paratrooper father.

An election next year for members of the European Union's lawmaking arm will be the National Front's first chance to test its rebranding strategy.

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.

"We're at a turning point. don't bury us", she said in an interview with France's Le Figaro newspaper published Friday.

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