“Let them call you racist. Let them call you xenophobes. Let them call you nativists. Wear it as a badge of honour.”
Mr Bannon was invited to speak at France’s National Front party congress
He told supporters they were part of a “worldwide movement”
Appearance comes as president Marine Le Pen works to rebrand the far-right party
That was the message Donald Trump’s former chief strategist Steve Bannon had for France’s far-right National Front party at their party congress in Lille on Saturday (local time).
The former Breitbart News chairman spoke at the event at the request of the party’s president Marine Le Pen, who is seeking a revival after her crushing defeat to independent, pro-globalisation Emmanuel Macron in last year’s presidential election.
She called Mr Bannon “the architect of Donald Trump’s victory” and an “important voice” on globalisation and protectionism.
For Mr Bannon, it was another stop on his European tour, where he is hoping to spread his closed-borders message after being sacked from the White House following the publication of Michael Wolff’s book Fire and Fury.