Marine Le Pen cancelled a meeting with Lebanon’s top cleric, a grand mufti, Sheikh Abdel-latif Derian, after they asked her to wear a headscarf.
Le Pen refused saying, “You can pass on my respects to the grand mufti, but I will not cover myself up”
Reuters referred to her as far-right because they’re so far left, they don’t know what far-right is any longer.
She is currently in the lead for president of France. After years of failed leadership under Socialist Hollande, she is looked upon far more favorably.
Sheikh Abdel-Latif Derian, told Reuters they were “surprised by her refusal” seeing as Le Pen’s aides were told beforehand that a headscarf would be required for the meeting. It’s hard to believe that’s true. Perhaps there was a communication problem.
Le Pen told reporters that she hadn’t been required to wear a headscarf when she met Egypt’s top cleric in 2015. “I met the grand mufti of Al-Azhar,” she said. “The highest Sunni authority didn’t have this requirement, but it doesn’t matter…You can pass on my respects to the grand mufti, but I will not cover myself up.”
The National Front leader is on a three-day visit to Lebanon and met with Christian President Michel Aoun and Sunni Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri on Monday.
French law currently bans headscarves for high school pupils and those in public service. Le Pen wants headscarves banished from all public places.
LePen’s popularity has risen in part due to the Trump-like wave of nationalism sweeping the West.
LePen has some strong positions: she does not want to unseat Assad in order to keep IS from taking control of Syria; she plans to limit mass migration in her country; and she is staunchly opposed to the EU which robs countries of their sovereign rights. She has moved somewhat towards the center of the political spectrum to attract the mainstream.
The daggers are out for LePen. By next week, she will be a Russian operative!
And the political witch-hunts around Le Pen begin. By next week they will be calling her a Russian agent https://t.co/ZwLjr6y1UE
— Jack Posobiec (@JackPosobiec) February 21, 2017