The niece of French far right leader Marine Le Pen has been invited to address American Republicans at an annual Conservative conference in Washington.
Ms Marechal-Le Pen’s presence has nonetheless sparked divisions, with some moderate Republicans cautious about associating with a far-right figure.
Breitbart editor Raheem Kassam wrote on Twitter: “Brilliant that Marion Marechal-Le Pen is speaking at CPAC. Even more amazing that the RINOs (Republican In Name Only) are *FREAKING OUT*.”
Matt Schlapp, the head of the American Conservative Union, which organises CPAC, also defended her invitation, calling her “a classical liberal, a conservative.”
The former youth star of the French far-right, and granddaughter of Front National founder Jean-Marie Le Pen, is known for being more religious and socially conservative than her aunt.
The 27-year-old has also been billed by many as a potential future leader of the Front National party, which her aunt still heads.
After Ms Le Pen’s election defeat to Emmanuel Macron, Ms Marechal-Le Pen announced she would take a break from politics “for personal and political reasons”.
Her speech at CPAC thought to be her first public appearance since.
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