Trump's ex-aide Bannon to address National Front congress in France

Former White House strategist Steve Bannon addresses members of the far-right National Front at the party congress in Lille France Saturday

When he's not too busy racking up "hours" of interviews with Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller or celebrating Gary Cohn's resignation from the White House by calling him a "globalist" (among other criticisms), Steve Bannon is stirring up the far-right members of France's National Front.

"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 USA as similar guideposts.

But the pair had a bitter public falling out and Bannon was sacked by the White House last August, though he continued to speak with Trump and tried to promote the president's agenda.

In his address, Bannon praised Le Pen's vision of a political fight between nationalists and globalists, even as a few party members warned that his support could damage Le Pen's efforts to cleanse the National Front of its racist stigma.

Le Pen was hoping that the National Front congress in Lille would help her reassert her authority, after her defeat to pro-Europe centrist Emmanuel Macron prompted criticism of her style and policies.

Marine Le Pen wants to revive her own fortunes by changing the name of the National Front, the party co-founded by her father in 1972.

In the presidential election, it appeared this strategy paid off, as Le Pen gained more than 10 million votes (33.9 per cent) in the final round, despite her freakish and catastrophic performance in a debate with Macron, which cost her support.

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

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"She is not simply a rising star on the right in France. Let them call you nativists", The Post reported. "Wear it as a badge of honor".

Further humiliation is in store for the 89-year-old Jean-Marie Le Pen when the party votes to strip him of his role as honorary president, severing his last formal link to the movement he co-founded and led for almost four decades.

Bannon has already spoken in Zurich, Switzerland at an event organized by a conservative publication, and on Saturday headlined the annual conference for France's National Front. "Let them call you xenophobes". 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.

Bannon then quipped: "We call that fake news".

Marine Le Pen is running unopposed for a third term and her address Sunday will see her try to turn a page on the anti-Semitic, openly racist party of her former paratrooper father.

According to Le Pen, the party "must acquire the culture of alliances, acquire the culture of a government party", and "changing the name is one of the ways to make it known".

In French media, Jean-Marie Le Pen - noting that Bannon was widely perceived as the "most radical" of Trump's advisers - cast doubt on the value of his daughter's American guest.

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