Published: Sun, March 11, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Bannon: 'Let them call you racists'

Bannon: 'Let them call you racists'

Bannon, a senior advisor to U.S. President Donald Trump, attended the party congress of France's far-right National Front in the French city of Lille, where he also met with the political party's leader, Marine Le Pen.

Bannon's appearance was announced on Twitter by the FN deputy president Louis Aliot.

Shortly afterwards, Aliot, tweeted a photograph of him shaking hands with Bannon, who he wrote "represents rejection of the establishment of which one of the worst symbols is the European Union in Brussels", The Guardian reported.

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

Bannon was himself a high-profile departure from the White House last August and was written off by Trump earlier this year, who named him "sloppy Steve", following the publication in January of incendiary comments attributed to him.

The name is expected to be unveiled only on Sunday, shortly before the party delegates vote on it.

"Welcome to Steve Bannon who will address the FN.at our congress and will meet ML [Le Pen]".

"Le Pen said that the Front National, "must acquire the culture of alliances, acquire the culture of a government party", and added", changing the name is one of the ways to make it known". The 89-year-old was expelled from the party in 2015 for repeatedly downplaying the Holocaust, however a court overruled his expulsion. "Let them call you nativists", The Post reported.

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While Le Pen is facing no immediate threat of overthrow - she is expected to be re-elected unopposed as party president - her father, Jean-Marie, who was thrown out of the FN for racist remarks, continues to snipe from the sidelines.

"The National Front has changed in nature". Let them call you xenophobes. "She's one of the most impressive people in the entire world", Bannon told reporters without mentioning his host Marine Le Pen.

"She is not simply a rising star on the right in France".

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.

"Since last Sunday, there really is the impression that the victory of the League gave new confidence, new hope to Marine Le Pen and other leaders who see a favorable historic tendency", Camus said, citing Britain's Brexit vote and Donald Trump's presidential victory in the United States as similar guideposts.

"They don't understand that we defend the same ideas, in the education field for her and in politics for me", she said.

The speech will be the second in Europe for Mr Bannon who recently spoke to a sold-out arena in Zurich, Switzerland where he spoke on the subject of on populism of the left and the right.

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