Front National plans overhaul after defeat but faces internal resistance

Plans to rename and “profoundly transform” the Front National after Marine Le Pen’s defeat by Emmanuel Macron in France’s presidential runoff will meet resistance and could expose a potentially damaging divide in the far-right party, members and analysts have said.

Le Pen hailed her score of 10.6m votes, 33.9% of the total and the highest ever recorded by the party, as “massive and historic” on Sunday night. But it has disappointed activists and some senior figures who had set a target of at least 40% as the measure of a successful campaign.