French far-right leader Marine Le Pen has proposed her National Front party be renamed the National Rally – le Rassemblement National – in a bid to try to improve its image and to help facilitate alliances with other parties.
However, the same article mentions some somewhat negative aspects of this new name for the party:
- close to another party's name:
(...) the echoes the new name has of the Rassemblement National Populaire (RNP), an extreme right collaborationist group set up by Marcel Déat during the German occupation of France between 1941 and 1944.
- reduced support within the party
The idea of changing the FN’s name was approved by a narrow majority of members, with 52 per cent backing it, according to figures provided by the party.
While name change by itself makes sense ("aiming to bury the FN name that has been associated with her father Jean-Marie since he co-founded the party in 1972"), the new name does not seem a happy choice.
Question: Was any reason indicated for Marine Le Pen's choice about the party's new name?