Trump's ex-aide Bannon sees 'great' future for Le Pen's niece

U.S. | 3/10/2018 | Reuters Editorial
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LILLE, France (Reuters) - Former White House strategist Steve Bannon on Saturday waxed lyrical about Marion Marechal-Le Pen, the young niece of French far-right leader Marine Le Pen, seeing a great future ahead of the “rising star”.

The champion of Donald Trump’s “America First” agenda, who was invited to speak at the National Front party congress in northern France by Marine Le Pen, spoke only about her 28-year old niece at their joint press conference.

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“She is not simply a rising star on the right in France. She’s one of the most impressive people in the entire world,” Bannon, an American nationalist who ran the right-wing Breitbart News, told reporters, without mentioning his host Marine Le Pen.

Marion’s U.S. speech was widely commented on in French media as posing a challenge for Marine Le Pen.

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Asked by reporters how she felt about Bannon’s comments, Marine Le Pen turned to the American and said that journalists were trying to stir up competition between the two women.

“They don’t understand that we defend the same ideas, in the education field for her and in politics for me,” she said.

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