Bannon tells French far-right party to ‘let them call you racist’ as it seeks rebrand

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PARIS, France — Former White House strategist Steve Bannon re-energized France’s struggling far-right National Front party Saturday by speaking at a party congress and telling Marine Le Pen’s nationalist supporters: “History is on our side.”

Bannon’s appearance in France was part of a European tour as he seeks an international platform for his closed-borders, anti-foreigner message that helped Donald Trump win the U.S. presidency.

The former Breitbart News chairman was an early admirer of the National Front, whose long-standing “French First” motto rallied voters for years before Trump’s “America First” campaign.

“Let them call you racist. Let them call you xenophobes. Let them call you nativists. Wear it as a badge of honor,” he told the crowd at the party congress.

“You’re part of a worldwide movement bigger than France, bigger than Italy,” Bannon told National Front supporters, denouncing central banks, central governments and “crony capitalists.”

“History is on our side,” Bannon said to hearty cheers.




Image: National Congress Of The Front National - Day One

France’s far-right party Front National president Marine Le Pen and President Trump’s former chief strategist Steve Bannon give a joint press conference on March 10, 2018 at the Grand Palais in Lille, north of France.