Marine Le Pen promised to reform the far-right National Front party and make it the main opposition force in France after its crushing defeat to centrist Emmanuel Macron in Sunday’s presidential election.
Analysts said the 48-year-old right-wing leader appears intent on maintaining control of the National Front (FN), despite criticism from some members of the party, including her own father, received during the campaign.
Although he lost 35 percent of the vote, compared with Macron’s 65 percent, Le Pen scored almost twice as much as his father when he reached the run-off in the 2002 election, but did not reach 40 percent. Responsible for their party said would be a success.
The National Front, which opposes immigration and the European Union, will now focus on parliamentary elections in mid-June, although Le Pen acknowledged that the party needs a far-reaching change.
In a brief statement to his supporters, who booed Macron’s victory and then sadly sang the French anthem of “La Marseillaise” when news of his defeat was known, Le Pen said that the National Front “must be profoundly renewed.”
“I will propose to begin this profound transformation of our movement to make a new political force,” he said.
It was not clear at this stage what impact the review will have on its policy.
The second in command of the FN, Florian Philippot, said that the new party will not be called National Front. The name is well-known in France and abroad, but is widely associated among voters with his father, Jean-Marie Le Pen, who has been convicted several times for incitement to racial hatred.