In the longstanding history of transatlantic relations, an unexpected and paradoxical joining of French and American xenophobic movements has suddenly appeared.
Marion Maréchal-Le Pen, former representative of the Vaucluse département, granddaughter of the Front National founder, and clearly a politician consumed by ambition, took part in the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Maryland on February 22, 2018. As if in exchange, Donald Trump’s scandalous former advisor, Steve Bannon, then spoke on March 10 at a rally held by the Front National in Lille, where the French far-right party was also rechristened "Rassemblement National."
Bannon was by no means subtle when outlining the nature of this alliance, and encouraged the party’s members to not be scared of being accused of racism. He went as far as to say they should wear it as a badge of honor. He was given a standing ovation, and the applause rang out even louder[...]