Bannon: 'Let them call you racists'

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"Welcome to Steve Bannon who will address the National Front tomorrow at our congress and will meet Marine Le Pen. Let them call you racists, xenophobes or whatever else, wear these like a medal".

He praised Le Pen's vision of a political spectrum that is no longer left- right but nationalists versus globalists. 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. "I think President Trump has been pretty straightforward in saying, hey, when we first started, some of these advisers are what he would call globalists", said Bannon.

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

Bannon, who served as US President Trump's strategist for seven months before the relationship deteriorated, crossed the Atlantic to embark upon a tour of Europe's right-wing parties.

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.

Former White House strategist Steve Bannon addresses members of the far right National Front party at the party congress in the northern French city of Lille, Saturday, March 10, 2018.

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.

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.

Founded by Le Pen's father, Jean-Marie Le Pen, in the 1970s, the National Front plans to change its name via a vote on Sunday.

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

An election next year for members of the European Union's lawmaking arm will be the National Front's first chance to test its rebranding strategy.

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. It won more seats in the European Parliament than any other French party in 2014. She bowed out of politics after her aunt's presidential defeat, but is expected to come back in a new role.

"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 U.S. as similar guideposts.

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