Marine Le Pen’s National Front party will engage in a rebranding effort after suffering a crushing loss Sunday to centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron.
Le Pen told supporters that the party must reevaluate itself, and that she will continue to fight for its policies in the upcoming parliamentary elections in June. The populist leader lost the run-off election after receiving approximately 35 percent of the vote.
“The National Front must also renew itself,” said Le Pen in an address to supporters after the results came in. “I will therefore start the process of a deep transformation of our movement … I call upon all patriots to join us.”
Le Pen promised to create a “number one opposition force” to counter globalization in France.
The party will change its name, among other things, according to National Front Vice President Florian Philippot. (Read more from “National Front to Rebrand After Crushing Defeat in French Election” HERE)