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Steve Bannon: Wear label of 'racist' as a 'badge of honor'

11 March 2018

"And what I learned is you're part of a worldwide movement that is bigger than France, bigger than Italy, bigger than Hungary, bigger than all of it".

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. "She's one of the most impressive people in the entire world", Bannon told reporters without mentioning his host Marine Le Pen.

"We're at a turning point ... don't bury us", she said in an interview with France's Le Figaro newspaper published Friday.

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.

Le Pen is assured of being re-elected party leader at the FN conference at the weekend in Lille as there is no competition.

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, 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.

Party members supported legalised euthanasia, which Le Pen opposes, favour of gay marriage and are against the death penalty, she said.

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Bannon, an American nationalist who ran the right-wing Breitbart News, was among Trump's closest aides during the 2016 USA election campaign, the presidential transition and his first months in office. "And without alliances we will never be able to take power", she told a party gathering in the eastern Alsace region last month.

But despite her fighting rhetoric, her appetite for battle appears dented.

"She wants to revive her links with party members and gear up for next year's European Elections".

Marion Marechal-Le Pen, a former lawmaker, is more socially conservative and economically liberal than her aunt.

The soap opera squabbles of the Le Pen dynasty have kept French media in thrall. Jean-Marie Le Pen also is to be scratched from the party's books along with his title of honorary president-for-life.

Others woes have stacked up since. Her top lieutenant, Florian Philippot, who appealed to the euroskeptic contingent, departed to form his own party. She had earlier been suspended for comparing migrants to "vermin".

National Front leader Marine Le Pen is working to unite her divided party and bolster her ability to lead it as the party meets for the first time since she lost resoundingly to Emmanuel Macron in the final round of the French presidential election last May.

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

Steve Bannon: Wear label of 'racist' as a 'badge of honor'