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Steve Bannon in Paris: European Elections Might Suffer Blow

European Parliament elections and spreading of different ideologies, the number of combinations looking forward to winning the elections is just immense in the continent. However, a late-late entry of former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon has raised a lot of questions.

As per the reports, Trump’s former advisor is in Paris as Europeans head to the polls. His presence comes after a gap of several years. Steve Bannon in Europe was last seen with nationalist and far-right politicians, trying to forge an alliance with the EU’s Eurosceptic.

Of the leaders backed and supported by the former chief strategist, Marine Le Pen, head of France’s far-right National Rally party is one of them. His party will contest against French President Emmanuel Macron’s La Republique En Marche party.

Backing Le Pen to win the elections, Bannon quoted to Le Parisien newspaper that an “earthquake” must be expected on the day of the vote. Correspondingly, the print media also claimed that their reporters saw “two executives” of Le Pen’s party, emerge from Bannon’s hotel suite in Paris.

However, on Monday, Steve Bannon completely shunned the claims and denied inducing any sort of support for Le Pen’s campaigns, except from accepting the fact that he was merely “an observer”.

“It has nothing to do with the campaign. It is you, the media that are dragging him into the campaign,” Le Pen also told FranceInfo on Monday, Reuters reported.

Strategically looking at Bannon’s involvement, with the given fact that his earlier involvement has been with nationalists, it only alleges a severe possibility that he is here to at least derive something beneficial from the situation.

Correspondingly, even Macron’s campaign chief, Stéphane Séjourné, tweeted that Bannon’s presence in France “is an attack on the sovereignty of the election” and was a “strategy by nationalists” that made him want to vomit.

Likewise, Bannon’s earlier involvement with his Brussels-based organization called The Movement is another example where his nationalist approach was quite on display. Spearheading alliances from Lega in Italy, Hungary’s Fidesz, to the Alternative for Germany (AfD) party and Austria’s Freedom party, he handpicked the leaders, broadly categorized as right-wing nationalists.

It is indeed dangerous that Steve Bannon is in Europe again, and not only for Macron, but also for Democracy, because populist movement is already gripping the continent.

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