Bannon: 'Let them call you racists'

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"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 U.S. as similar guideposts.

"The people are waking up and taking their destiny in hand".

Soon afterwards Aliot tweeted a photograph of him shaking hands with Bannon, who he wrote "represents rejection of the establishment of which one of the worst symbols is the European Union in Brussels".

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. Steve Bannon has given a big boost to French far right leader Marine Le Pen, telling a cheering crowd at a congress of her National Front party that "history is on our side".

Politically isolated in the United States, Bannon has embarked on a whirlwind tour of Europe, seeking to lead, in his words, the "global populist movement".

Despite being ousted from his White House post previous year and feuding with Trump in recent months, Bannon praised the president's "economic nationalism" that he said "does not care about your race, your religion, your ethnicity".

At the conference in Lille, in the FN's northern heartlands, Le Pen will urge the party to move away from the mindset of being a permanent opposition, ground it has occupied since it was founded, to broadening its appeal with a view to governing.

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Democrats also pressed Coats to explain why Trump hadn't authorized the intelligence community to do more to prevent Russian aggression.

Macron's victory followed defeats for right-wing populist candidates in Austria and the Netherlands and was largely seen as a counter to the anti-establishment fervor sweeping Europe.

However, Le Pen's credibility is among the potential obstacles to a possible far-right comeback: An annual poll published this week by the Kantar-Sofres-One Point firm showed Le Pen scoring lower on numerous questions.

He praised FN leader Marine Le Pen's vision of a political spectrum that pitched nationalists against globalists across the world.

Bannon told the crowd, "Let them call you racists".

"You fight for your country and they call you racist. Let them call you nativists", he said. "Wear it as a badge of honor", he declared. Every day, we become stronger and they become weaker.

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".

French far-right leader Marine Le Pen is set to propose a name change for the National Front, part of a makeover created to make the anti-immigration party relevant again after she was defeated by Emmanuel Macron in the presidential race.

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