FRANCE – Marine Le Pen Refuses to Wear Headscarf for Muslim Cleric: ‘I Will Not Cover Myself Up’

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HAARETZ – French far-right National Front presidential candidate Marine Le Pen canceled a meeting on Tuesday with Lebanon’s grand mufti, its top cleric for Sunni Muslims, after refusing to wear a headscarf for the encounter. 

Le Pen, among the frontrunners for the presidency, is using a two-day visit to Lebanon to bolster her foreign policy credentials nine weeks from the April 23 first round, and may be partly targeting potential Franco-Lebanese votes. 

Many Lebanese fled to France, Lebanon’s former colonial power, during their country’s 1975-1990 civil war and became French citizens.

After meeting Christian President Michel Aoun – her first public handshake with a head of state – and Sunni Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri on Monday, she had been scheduled to meet the Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Latif Derian.

He heads the Dar al-Fatwa, the top religious authority for Sunni Muslims in the multireligious country. 

“I met the grand mufti of Al-Azhar,” she told reporters, referring to a visit in 2015 to Cairo’s 1,000-year-old center of Islamic learning. “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,” she said. 

The cleric’s press office said Le Pen’s aides had been informed beforehand that a headscarf was required for the meeting and had been “surprised by her refusal.”

But it was no surprise in the French political context. 

French law bans headscarves in the public service and for high school pupils, in the name of church-state separation and equal rights for women. Le Pen wants to extend this ban to all public places, a measure that would affect Muslims most of all. 
Hariri’s veiled message

Buoyed by the election of President Donald Trump in the United States and by Britain’s vote to leave the European Union, Le Pen’s anti-immigration, anti-EU National Front (FN) hopes for similar populist momentum in France. 

Like Trump, she has said radical Islamism must be faced head on, although she has toned down her party’s rhetoric to attract more mainstream support and possibly even woo some Muslim voters disillusioned with France’s traditional parties. 

After meeting Hariri on Monday, Le Pen went against current French policy in Syria by describing President Bashar Assad as the “only viable solution” for preventing ISIS from taking power in Syria. 

Lebanon has some 1.5 million Syrian refugees. 

“I explained clearly that … Bashar al-Assad was obviously today a much more reassuring solution for France than Islamic State would be if it came to power in Syria,” she told reporters. 

Hariri, whose family has close links to conservative former French President Jacques Chirac and still has a home in France, issued a strongly-worded statement after their meeting. 

“The most serious error would be to link Islam and Muslims on the one hand and terrorism on the other,” Hariri said. 

“The Lebanese and Arabs, like most of the world, considers that France is the home of human rights and the republican state makes no distinction between citizens on ethnic, religious or class grounds.”

  1. #1 by Leila Abdelmeguid on 02/21/2017 - 9:34

    It’s ridiculous to demand non Muslims wear a head scarf. Obviously this Grand Mufti had seen the hair of a strange woman before if he has ever turned on a television or left his mosque. However, maybe he is making a point by saying, “If you’re going to tell others what to wear, we’re going to tell YOU what to wear”. So if that’s the case, I agree with his decision.

  2. #2 by TonyFromIN on 02/21/2017 - 9:34

    The blessed Virgin Mary had no problem…..

  3. #3 by MJ on 02/21/2017 - 9:34

    Why Do Muslim Women Wear Hijab?

  4. #4 by MJ on 02/21/2017 - 9:34

    Many Muslims do not have the same views regarding covering as others. They wear it because the Creator commanded modesty for both men and women (Men can not wear shorts above the knee or tight clothing or gold for that matter as well. Muslims are emulating the modesty of one of the mothers of the believers Mary peace be upon her. Moreover, in many Muslim countries men wear some type of head covering and loose clothing for different reasons including modesty e.g
    Behind the Blue Veil

  5. #5 by MJ on 02/21/2017 - 9:34

    (The video above also discusses the drought conditions)
    Greg Hunter (youtube journalist)discussed the geo-engineering that is happening around the world (video posted below). I hope people are aware that in many places in Africa there are drought conditions that have extended beyond the norm. In the Middle East there have been freak snow storms etc. It would be good to cover this if possible.

    the Prophet of Allah, sallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam, said:

    “There will be three hard years before the Dajjal the Anti-Christ (appears). During them, people will be stricken by a great famine. In the first year, Allah will command the sky to withhold a third of its rain, and the earth to withhold a third a third of its produce. In the second year, Allah will command the sky to withhold two thirds of its rain, and the earth to withhold two thirds of its produce. In the third year, Allah will command the sky to withhold all of its rain, and it will not rain a single drop of rain. He will command the earth to withhold all of its produce, and no plant will grow. All hoofed animals will perish, except that which Allah wills.” He (sallallahu `alaihi wa sallam) was asked, ‘What sustains people during that time?’ He said, “Tahlil, takbir and tahmid (Saying, la ilaha ill Allah, Allahu Akbar and alhamdulillah which is Declaring that God is One, Thanking God, Praising God). This will sustain them just as food does.” [Sahih Al-Jami` as-Saghir, no. 7875] :

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  6. #6 by derek on 02/27/2017 - 9:34


    “Kudos to France’s Marine Le Pen. She refused to don the veil—a headscarf—as a requirement to meet with a Muslim religious authority. I decided to draw a quick cartoon to commemorate her act, because all other female political figures usually submit.

    Such a clash of cultures results almost always results in the west caving into Islam. Even Hillary Clinton wore the veil several Times during her mideast trips. So much for her standing up for western values and freedom for women, who in some Muslim countries can be whipped if they go out in public without covering their heads. Of course, we know Hillary received millions of dollars from Saudi Arabia. That’s probably why she doesn’t criticize the House of Saud’s brutality toward women”

    “Le Pen, like Trump, is not ruled by political correctness. We need more leaders like her. It’s time for the west to stop caving in to Islam”

    I like the way Garrison makes people look more “noble” than they really are in real life especially if he likes them, compare his drawing of Le Pen to Hillary.
    Its also funny how he made the Lebanese Mufti look like the Saudi Mufti (quite deliberately) and managed to tar all Islam with a very broad brush at the same time.
    Probably thinks all Muslims are sandcoons.

    I particularly enjoyed this cartoon and the “rapefugees” cartoon at a certain alternative cartoon website.

    ed note–I saw this same stupid cartoon the other day on a facebook post from someone who makes the pretenses of being Jew wise and pointed out to him that this was exactly the kind of garbage which the Jews want to see propagating in furtherance of their clash of civilizations agenda. What it underscored for me is how completely compromised and useless the ‘alt-right’/white nationalist movement is, when they cannot see how their bashing of Islam/muslims works in furthering the Jews’ aims, irrespective of how much they might at the same time openly be against organized Jewish interests. I liken it to an inferno that is engulfing a city, deliberately set, and the alt-right/white nationalist brigade castigating those who set fire to everything, but then showing up with buckets of gasoline rather than water.

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