Marine Le Pen to reveal new name for National Front

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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.

"I won't go to Lille because I don't want to become ... an accomplice to the assassination of the National Front that will be underway there", he told RTL radio.

"Let them call you racists", Bannon told the anti-immigrant party's audience on Saturday in France, as The Washington Post reported.

In Milan after meeting members of Italy's nationalist Five Star Movement, he told the New York Times that "All I'm trying to be is the infrastructure, globally, for the global populist movement" and is considering options for re-entering the global media market after being pushed out of Breitbart.

National Front party leader Marine Le Pen, right, and former White House strategist Steve Bannon hold a press conference at the party congress in the northern French city of Lille, Saturday, March 10, 2018.

"Today's politics can not be summed up by the left-right divide".

The party canvassed 51,000 members previous year about the name change proposal and on Saturday it emerged just 52 per cent had voted in favour among the 30,000 who responded.

Nine months after Le Pen was defeated by centrist Emmanuel Macron for president in a bruising battle between nationalists and globalists, the FN is struggling to rebound. But the two had a bitter falling out and Bannon was sacked last August, though he continued to speak with the president and tried to promote his "America First" agenda.

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She also defended her far-right party's stance against immigration and in defence of French culture and security.

Bruno Cautrès, of the centre for political research at Sciences Po, said the party was undergoing a "crisis of Marine Le Pen's leadership".

"The questionnaire shows we need to be more nuanced on certain subjects", Le Pen said.

All eyes instantly turned to her glamorous niece, 28-year-old former MP Marion Marechal-Le Pen.

A new name, a new leadership structure and new bylaws are being unveiled at the two-day congress with the hope of making the party relevant again.

Marine Le Pen is running unopposed for a third term and her address Sunday will see her try to turn a page on the anti-Semitic, openly racist party of her former paratrooper father. Jean-Marie Le Pen also is to be scratched from the party's books along with his title of honorary president-for-life.

"We're at a turning point. don't bury us", she said in an interview with France's Le Figaro newspaper published Friday.

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.

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