Mar 11, 2018
'National Rally': Le Pen proposes new party name for National Front
France's far-right leader Marine Le Pen has proposed changing her party's name to National Rally from National Front in a bid to improve its image. Since then the party has lost voters and Ms Le Pen has come under attack from her father Jean-Marie Le Pen, who founded the party in 1972. Ms Le Pen hopes it will change attitudes to her party, which is associated by many voters with racism and anti-Semitism, and make it easier to form alliances with other parties. She told members that the National Front name was associated with a "Glorious and epic history" but also prevented the party from winning elections and gaining followers. Fifty-two percent of members backed changing the party name on Saturday, the party says.
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