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  • ormer White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon gestures during the Nordic Media Festival in Bergen, Norway, May 9, 2019.

    ormer White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon gestures during the Nordic Media Festival in Bergen, Norway, May 9, 2019. | Photo: Terje Pedersen/ NTB Scanpix via Reuters

Published 19 May 2019

The European parliamentary elections will be held next week from May 23 to 26, with France taking place on May 26.

Steve Bannon, former adviser to Donald Trump, claimed that an "earthquake" will take place in next week's European elections, with the emergence of a large far-right group in the European Parliament, which will then pave the way for the re-election of Trump and Marine Le Pen's ascent to power.

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In an interview with French newspaper Le Parisien published on Friday, the politician under investigation over his role in Trump's campaign in 2016 said that while French President Emmanuel Macron's election had stopped the "populist movement of insurrection" launched in the U.S., next week's polls would see Europe's populist parties take over the parliament.

Nathalie Loiseau, the lead candidate for Macron's party 'Republic on the Move,' said it was clear that Bannon was seeking to interfere in the EU polls and destroy the bloc which she said was seen as "an unpleasant competitor."

She added that the far-right National Rally was utilizing tactics straight out of Bannon's playbook, such as "disinformation, lies, unleashing words as long as it goes through."

Le Pen's far-right National Rally, polling neck-and-neck with Macron's party, is billing the vote as a referendum on his first two years in office.

Bannon told Le Parisien that French politics would be reset, if Macron's party failed to top the May 26 polls.

And if the far-right won more than 30% of the vote, Bannon added, it would give momentum for Trump's 2020 campaign.

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