Publicado: Sol, Marcha 11, 2018
Global | Por Milagro Delgado

Bannon to French far-right party: 'Let them call you racists'

Bannon to French far-right party: 'Let them call you racists'

"You recall the evening of the American election, the traditional medias were shocked".

Her speech echoed numerous statements of Donald Trump, the man Bannon helped get elected to the US presidency. "Let them call you xenophobes".

Steve Bannon gives a press conference during the French far-right Front National (FN) party annual congress, March 10, 2018 at the Grand Palais in Lille, France.

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.

The far-right party held its conference in Lille, where Bannon was reportedly introduced by leader Marine Le Pen, and made some eyebrow raising remarks.

Bannon, an American nationalist who ran the right-wing Breitbart News, was among Trump's closest aides during the 2016 United States election campaign, the presidential transition and his first months in office.

"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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But in general, the meeting between Bannon and the party of Marine Le Pen came a particularly fraught moment for them both, with one and the other trying to remain relevant in an unforgiving political environment. But the two had a bitter falling out and Bannon was sacked last August, though he continued to speak with the president and tried to promote his "America First" agenda.

Following the White House's disavowal of Bannon, the right-wing media company Breitbart News parted ways with Bannon, who has since emerged in the public eye on a few occasions.

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.

Le Pen is expected to make the proposal at a party congress in Lille on Sunday and members will vote on it by mail ballot.

Len Pen wants to change the name of the National Front, the party co-founded by her father in 1972. "Wear it as a badge of honour because every day we get stronger and they get weaker".

Although several of Marine Le Pen's aides were also accused of Holocaust denial during the recent election campaign, she claims to be estranged from her father. "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.

"I think this is not exactly the definition of 'de-demonization, '" he said.

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