Wear ‘racist’ like a badge of honour, Bannon tells French far-right summit
On the surface, Bannon was a curious choice for a convention conceived to modernise the FN’s image and lure aboard the 16 percent of votes Marine needed to win the Elysée Palace last May.
Not exactly a fresh-faced up-and-comer, the American hardliner is hardly less sulphurous than Le Pen’s father. Moreover, the 64-year-old Bannon is on the outs with Trump and now ostracized even by Breitbart.
Indeed, aside from populist parties itching to emulate his longshot electoral coup, the Trump name is toxic in France. A Suffolk University poll last spring found 82 percent of French voters viewed the Republican billionaire unfavourably, making the US president France’s lowest-ranking foreign leader, 11 points less popular than Vladimir Putin. Latching onto a Trump crony, even an ousted one, is hardly likely to stoke new alliances in France.