Bannon tells French far-right: 'history is on our side'

Bannon tells French far-right: 'history is on our side'

But Mr. Bannon, who said he was paying for the trip, said he was weighing whether to buy a name-brand outlet, like Newsweek or United Press International, or to start a new one, or to connect entrepreneurs with capital or invest himself.

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

"You're part of a worldwide movement bigger than France, bigger than Italy", Bannon told the gathering, denouncing central banks, central governments and "crony capitalists".

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

Steve Bannon told members of the French National Front, a far right wing political party that has been labeled neo-fascist, they should wear their racism as a badge of honor. The outcome has boosted far-right movements across Europe and was seen as a victory for the forces that elected Trump and voter approval for Britain to leave the European Union.

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

Bannon tells French far-right: 'history is on our side'

Bannon was booted from the White House a year ago 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.

He will address France's right-wing National Front and meet its leader Marine Le Pen after similar meetings in Italy and Switzerland.

Le Pen's young and ambitious niece Marion Maréchal-Le Pen, who claims to have withdrawn temporarily from politics, is also biding her time.

She has long sought to "de-demonize" the party by moving away from its racist past, but Le Pen's own father complained that Bannon was the "most radical" of Trump's advisers, saying Saturday's invitation "is not exactly the definition of 'de-demonization'". The new name, to be announced tomorrow, is meant to distance the party from the toxic aura that it earned under her father, who handed her the leadership in 2011. Jean-Marie Le Pen also is to be scratched from the party's books along with his title of honorary president-for-life, formally closing, if not ending, a bitter father-daughter feud. She bowed out of politics after her aunt's presidential defeat, but is expected to come back in a new role. The National Front today has changed in nature.

Le Pen, the only candidate for National Front president, says the changes amount to a "cultural revolution" so the reshaped party can "implant itself, create alliances and govern".

At home, she is banking on divisions between pro-Macron centrists and rightwingers tearing his party apart, making the FN France's biggest party of the right.

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