Published: Sat, March 10, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

Show Must Go On: Steve Bannon Set to Address French National Front

Show Must Go On: Steve Bannon Set to Address French National Front

Despite being ousted from his White House post past year and feuding with Trump in recent months, Bannon praised the president's "economic nationalism" that he said "does not care about your race, your religion, your ethnicity".

Former White House strategist 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".

French far-right leader Marine Le Pen is set to propose a name change for the National Front, part of a makeover created to make the anti-immigration party relevant again after she was defeated by Emmanuel Macron in the presidential race.

The far-right leader has praised Bannon as "the architect of Donald Trump's victory". That meeting came after Bannon met flew to Italy ahead of last Sunday's national election, lending his support to anti-establishment and populist parties.

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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.

Bannon also used his visit to call Le Pen's niece and rival, Marion Marechal-Le Pen, one of most important people in the world, according to French media.

The party is expected to unveil a new name as it searches for more voters and relevance in a political landscape transformed by President Emmanuel Macron, a centrist who defeated Le Pen in France's election last May.

"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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"Welcome to Steve Bannon who will address the National Front tomorrow at our congress and will meet Marine Le Pen".

Marion's US speech was widely commented on in French media as posing a challenge for Marine Le Pen.

The new moniker, if approved by members during a mail-in vote, will mark the ultimate break with Le Pen's father, who has called the idea a betrayal.

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