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