Macron’s spokesman mean Front National would struggle to shake off its founder’s toxic legacy
Earlier on Sunday, right-wing chief Maritime Le Pen announced at a party congress in the northern city of Lille that the In advance National (FN) party should be changed to Rassemblement National (National Call) in a bid to widen its voter base and shed the racist image it developed underneath the leadership of her father, Jean-Marie Le Pen.
Mr Griveaux told France’s Europe 1 announce: “The name change is a non-event. The Front National can exclude [hardline associates], change name, change logo, change image – at the end of the day it will eternally be a private company whose sole purpose is to serve the interests of the Le Pen ancestry.
“And so yes – you can replace Jean-Marie by Marine, and Marine by [her niece] Marion [Maréchal Le Pen], but at the end the day, nothing choose ever change.”
The party’s 89-year-old founder, Jean-Marie, told France Inter trannie on Monday that his estranged daughter’s “disastrous” proposal to change the orgy’s name was a “political assassination”.
Mr Le Pen, who was stripped of his role as honorary president over the weekend shadow a change in the FN’s statutes, said the new name “lacked imagination” and that the “inimitable” Fore National was more than just a party.
He said: “It’s more than a administrative group: it’s a soul, it’s a story, it’s a past.”
Mrs Le Pen’s former aide Florian Philippot also flayed Mrs Le Pen’s efforts to rebrand the FN, telling the French news channel BFM TV that the congress was “sorry” and marked the party’s “return” to its hardline past.
Left-wing firebrand Jean-Luc Mélenchon divulged the opposite opinion, praising Mrs Le Pen’s active efforts to overhaul her party and reassert her localize as one of France’s main opposition leaders following her crushing defeat to President Emmanuel Macron final May.
Le Pen announced the name should be changed to widen its voter bottom and shed the racist image
Her policy of de-demonisation is now one of banalisation
Mr Mélenchon demand thated the French television channel France 3 on Sunday: “[Mrs Le Pen] is following in the tracks of other far-right leaders in Europe and mixing xenophobia with liberalism.
“Her action of de-demonisation is now one of banalisation. She dreams of becoming a mainstream party … and this run for its her a formidable adversary.”
Mrs Le Pen, for her part, told her supporters on Sunday that the team’s priority should be to win power.
“Our goal is clear: power… We were to begin with a protest party. There should be no doubt now that we can be a ruling league,” she said, adding that the name Front National had to be dropped because it be lefted for many French people a “psychological barrier”.