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Members of France’s National Front (FN) have backed the idea of changing the far-right party’s name, its leader Marine Le Pen announced on Thursday. The former presidential candidate is to propose a new one to the party’s annual conference to be held this weekend in the northern city of Lille.

Marine Le Pen declared the result of a questionnaire sent to the 51,000 members the party claims “reassuring”, particularly since they were commenting on the principle of a name change without knowing what the new one might be.

A “small majority” of those who replied – 27,000 according to Le Monde newspaper – who replied supported the idea, she said.

But her father, former party leader Jean-Marie Le Pen, on Friday accused her of lying about the result.

“Internal sources” contradicted the claim, he said, adding that the count had taken place behind closed doors.

“In these conditions, favourable to the most diverse manipulation, it’s impossible to give any credit whatever to Marine Le Pen’s statements,” he said.

Other anonymous party members also cast doubt on the result, the AFP news agency said.

Undeterred, the current party leader and former presidential candidate is to propose a new name in her closing remarks to this weekend’s party congress and her proposal will be put to a postal ballot of the membership. Read More …

 

 

Members of France’s National Front (FN) have backed the idea of changing the far-right party’s name, its leader Marine Le Pen announced on Thursday. The former presidential candidate is to propose a new one to the party’s annual conference to be held this weekend in the northern city of Lille. Marine Le Pen declared the result of a questionnaire sent to the 51,000 members the party claims “reassuring”, particularly since they were commenting on the principle of a name change without knowing what the new one might be. A “small majority” of those who replied – 27,000 according to Le Monde newspaper – who replied supported the idea, she said.