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Le Pen Says The National Front Will Soon Be History

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Jacob Bojesson Foreign Correspondent

French populist leader Marine Le Pen invited the nation to take part in the National Front’s (FN) relaunch Saturday as she slammed President Emmanuel Macron in her first speech in months.

The FN is looking to rebrand itself after Le Pen’s crushing defeat to Macron in May’s presidential election. The party is failing to beat Jean-Luc Melenchon’s far-left France Unbowed party as the main opposition against Macron, which has forced the FN to reconsider its image.

The party will hold a conference in early 2018 to discuss policy issues and a name change. Le Pen is reportedly ready to drop plans to exit the eurozone, which has been a longstanding cornerstone in the party’s platform.

“The great enterprise of refounding the national movement to which I invite you … but also all French people, is inspired only by duty: the duty to take action and to win so that France can remain France for its children and for the world,” Le Pen told supporters in the village of Brachay, according to Deutsche Presse Agentur. “The new organization will bear a new name which we can discuss during our exchanges and which will be chosen by you.”

Le Pen lashed out at Macron for failing to change the course of the country during his first four months in office, particularly in issues regarding labor reforms, immigration and security.

“Don’t be mistaken, Mr Macron’s dismantling efforts target not only the essence of our institutions but also society as a whole and each and every one of us, including on labor rules,” Le Pen said.

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