Head of the Front National far-right party Marine Le Pen (C) gives a press conference, on May 23, 2018, at the Palais Bourbon in Paris. AFP / Alain JOCARD
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Party members are widely expected to back the scrapping of the National Front name for Rassemblement National ( Union, or Rally) at a congress in Lyon, southeast France.In a nod to the 48 percent of members who opposed a rebranding in a survey last year, the party kept its distinctive flame logo, which Jean-Marie borrowed from the neo-fascist Italian Social Movement, one of his main inspirations.Le Pen has struggled to regain her footing since a stinging defeat by Emmanuel Macron last year, despite winning 34 percent of the vote – a record for her party.She has faced financing problems as well as criminal charges for tweeting pictures of Daesh (ISIS) atrocities and over the alleged misuse of European Parliament expense funds.More recently she has been trying to win over leaders of other rightwing groupings ahead of European Parliament elections next year, so far without success.
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