France's far-right says ready to work with for­mer Trump aide Ban­non

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PARIS: France’s far-right leader Ma­rine Le Pen met Don­ald Trump’s for­mer strate­gist Steve Ban­non and backed his plan to ad­vise eu­roskep­tic par­ties ahead of next year’s Euro­pean elec­tions, a se­nior law­maker in her party said on Fri­day.

A few days ear­lier, Le Pen had ap­peared to dis­tance her­self from Ban­non. At a meet­ing with Ital­ian Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Mat­teo Salvini on Mon­day, she said Ban­non wasAmer­i­can and it was up to Euro­pean par­ties to shape their own pol­i­tics.

But at their meet­ing on Thurs­day, Ban­non, an ar­chi­tect of Pres­i­dent Trump’s 2016 elec­tion vic­tory and for­mer chair­man of Bre­it­bart news, may have won Le Pen round, ac­cord­ing to Louis Aliot, a se­nior mem­ber of Le Pen’s Na­tional Rally and also her part­ner.

“Ban­non wants to cre­ate a think-tank, and par­tic­u­larly wants to pro­vide tech­ni­cal sup­port to eu­roskep­tic par­ties,” Aliot told BFM TV. “We’re not go­ing to say no since he’s not cre­at­ing a po­lit­i­cal party.”

In July, Ban­non said he aimed to cre­ate an or­ga­ni­za­tion called The Move­ment to unite Europe’s far-right ahead of the May 2019 Euro­pean Par­lia­ment elec­tions. But he has gen­er­ated lit­tle sup­port from par­ties so far.

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