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Bannon: 'Let them call you racists'

Macron warns Trump all sides would lose in'trade war Macron warns Trump all sides would lose in'trade war
Steve Townsend | 11 March, 2018, 01:12

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

"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. "He's clearly pivoting to more economic nationalism".

"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". The populist 5-Star Movement and the anti-immigration League both outdid traditional parties.

"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.

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

France's far-right leader Marine Le Pen will attempt to revive her battered party this weekend at the same conference with a proposal to ditch the tainted FN brand, seen as a key hurdle to winning power.

Watch a clip of Bannon's speech in Lille above, via ABC News.

The move is created to skirt a court's ruling that the title allowed Jean-Marie Le Pen access to high-level party events - even if he was legally removed from membership rolls.

But the pair had a bitter public falling out and Bannon was sacked by the White House last August, though he continued to speak with Trump and tried to promote the president's agenda.

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Bannon has already spoken in Zurich, Switzerland at an event organized by a conservative publication, and on Saturday headlined the annual conference for France's National Front.

Donald Trump's ex-chief strategist, Steve Bannon, has turned his gaze to European politics.

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. She bowed out of politics after her aunt's presidential defeat, but is expected to come back in a new role.

As FN president, she said she would propose a new name for the party at its conference on Sunday.

A new name, a new leadership structure and new bylaws are being unveiled at the two-day congress in Lille with the hope the anti-immigration party can become relevant again.

Le Pen told French television on Friday that a name change was needed to show the FN had grown up and become "adult".

In the presidential election, it appeared this strategy paid off, as Le Pen gained more than 10 million votes (33.9 per cent) in the final round, despite her freakish and catastrophic performance in a debate with Macron, which cost her support.

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

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.

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