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

Steve Bannon delivers a speech during the French far-right Front National (FN) party annual congress, March 10, 2018 in Lille, France.

Her speech echoed numerous statements of Donald Trump, the man Bannon helped get elected to the USA presidency.

She also said: "It is because we are Europeans that we are opposed to the European Union!" "I want Britain first for the British people, and I want France first for the French people".

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. The showing of the League, a National Front ally, "is a new step in the awakening of the people", Le Pen tweeted.

Bannon told the National Front crowd that he had learned from traveling the world that "history is on our side" and that "the globalists have no answers to freedom".

A younger leadership circle will likely emerge, but Marine Le Pen, the only candidate for president, will remain.

Also on Sunday, the FN is expected to amend the party's rules, primarily to finally rid itself of its combative founder, Marine Le Pen's father, Jean-Marie Le Pen.

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

Since taking over the National Front's presidency in 2011, Le Pen has worked to erase the footprint of her father - who has convictions for racism and anti-Semitism - to broaden the party's appeal. Last week, he published the first volume of his memoirs, "Son of the Nation", which feature an empathic defense of Philippe P├ętain, the leader of France's Vichy government, a body that willingly collaborated with Nazi Germany during the war.

Recent polling showed that 55% of respondents don't want Le Pen to run in the next election.

Le Pen defended inviting Bannon, saying party members should listen to "the architect of Donald Trump's victory" in 2016. His daughter officially expelled him in 2015, for repeating the gas chamber remark. Let them call you nativists.

Steve Bannon, the former White House chief strategist, urged a crowd of far-right supporters in France to wear the "racist" label "as a badge of honor".

Bannon argued that Trump's policies are addressing the economic struggles seen by minority populations in the USA, claiming that it took "someone like Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpAccuser says Trump should be afraid of the truth Woman behind pro-Trump Facebook page denies being influenced by Russians Shulkin says he has White House approval to root out "subversion" at VA MORE, that they run down as a racist every day, to solve the problem of the black and Hispanic working class".


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