National Post (Latest Edition)

LE PEN REBRANDS NATIONAL FRONT IN BID FOR VOTES

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French far-right leader Marine Le Pen announced Friday that the National Front party, founded by her father nearly a halfcentur­y ago, will now be called the National Rally, a name change that reflects the party’s need to appeal to a broader range of voters ahead of next year’s European elections.

Le Pen, pictured, all but kicked off the campaign for European parliament­ary elections next year with the announceme­nt, during which she also denounced the “arrogant tyranny” of the European Union and the “European oligarchy barricaded in Brussels.”

Under the new name, Le Pen’s goal is to rally people of all political stripes to a victory next year. The elections “can lead to a veritable European revolution,” she said at a meeting of the party’s political leadership outside Lyon. The name change is a “historic moment in the life of our movement,” she said, unveiling a logo that puts its traditiona­l flames inside a partially closed circle to signify new openness.

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