Bannon to attend French far-right summit, meet Le Pen

Steve Bannon in Zurich on 6 March                  REUTERS  Moritz Hager

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

The Front National (FN) have been out of the media limelight after their defeat to Emmanuel Macron in last May's presidential elections.

His European tour centered on last weekend's Italian election, which Bannon called "an earthquake" after populist and anti-immigration parties outperformed traditional parties.

The trained lawyer, who took over the FN leadership from her father Jean-Marie Le Pen in 2011, is running unopposed for a third term at the helm at the conference starting Saturday in the northern city of Lille.

Bannon was in France on Saturday, bringing his closed-borders, anti-trade, anti-foreigner message to members of the country's struggling far-right National Front party.

Bannon was booted from the White House previous year amid tensions and stepped down as chairman of the Breitbart News Network in January after being dubbed "Sloppy Steve" by the President for providing information to the author of a controversial White House tell all.

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.

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.

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

Le Pen's young and ambitious niece Marion Maréchal-Le Pen, who claims to have withdrawn temporarily from politics, is also biding her time.

A new name, a new leadership structure and new bylaws are being unveiled at the two-day congress with the hope of making the party relevant again.

"Bannon, former strategic advisor to U.S. president, represents rejection of the establishment of which one of the worst symbols is Brussels's EU". Jean-Marie Le Pen also is to be scratched from the party's books along with his title of honorary president-for-life.

But party members credit Marine Le Pen with massively expanding the party's support, doubling its score from 5.5 million votes in the 2002 presidential election to 10.6 million, or nearly 34 per cent, in 2017.

This week Le Pen seemed heartened by the strong gains made by the allied anti-immigrant League party in Italy's general election, hailing it as a "new stage in the awakening of the people".

"We're at a turning point. don't bury us", she said in an interview with France's Le Figaro newspaper published Friday. The National Front today has changed in nature. She bowed out of politics after her aunt's presidential defeat, but is expected to come back in a new role. It won more seats in the European Parliament than any other French party in 2014.

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