France’s Marine Le Pen wiped out a meeting with Lebanon’s Grand Mufti Tuesday in the wake of declining to wear a headscarf.
The far-right presidential hopeful is on a two-day voyage through Lebanon where she is seeking Franco-Lebanese votes in front of the first round of French decisions on April 23.
Le Pen told correspondents that she was astounded by the necessity. Be that as it may, a representative for the Grand Mufti said Le Pen had been educated of the need to wear a head covering before the meeting.
Le Pen said she had met the Grand Mufti of Al-Azhar amid a visit to Egypt in 2015 without covering her head.
“I met the fantastic mufti of Al-Azhar,” she told columnists. “The most elevated Sunni specialist didn’t have this prerequisite, yet it doesn’t make a difference.”
“You can pass on my regards to the fantastic mufti, yet I won’t cover myself up,” she demanded.
Le Pen has been blunt in her restriction to the headscarf and has expressed that she would boycott every religious image out in the open spots.
A representative for Lebanon’s Sunni religious pioneer, Grand Mufti Abdel Latif Derian, disclosed to CNN that Le Pen had been educated of the need to wear a head covering preceding the meeting.
Burqa, niqab prohibited in France
“I for one welcomed her at the entryway of the Edict House and needed to give her a white headscarf that was in my grasp, she declined to take it,” Khaldoun Awas clarified.
“I encouraged her to put it on, she rejected and said she would not put it on and exited without going to the already settled after meeting with the Mufti. The Edict House laments such wrong conduct at such gatherings.”
Not long after the episode, Florian Philippot, the VP of Le Pen’s Front National Party tweeted: “In Lebanon, Marine declines to wear the cloak. A wonderful message of opportunity and liberation sent to ladies in France and the world!”
The burqa and the niqab, a full face cloak worn by some Muslim ladies, have been disallowed in broad daylight ranges in France since 2011. Headscarves and other “prominent” religious images were prohibited from French schools in 2004.
Chairmen in some French towns started debate and challenges the previous summer when they prohibited ladies from wearing burkinis on shorelines in the wake of the Nice dread assault. The boycott was later upset.