Marine Le Pen refuses to wear head scarf in meeting with Muslim scholar

Le Pen had been informed beforehand of requirement to wear headscarf for meeting

News Desk/Reuters February 21, 2017
The French political party leader refused to wear a head scarf which led to the cancellation of a meeting with the religious scholar. PHOTO: AFP

BEIRUT: Marine Le Pen, the presidential candidate for France's far-right National Front party, cancelled a meeting on Tuesday with Lebanon's Grand Mufti after refusing to wear a headscarf for the encounter.

"You can pass on my respects to the Grand Mufti, but I will not cover myself up," Le Pen told reporters.

The press office for the Grand Mufti said that Le Pen's aides had been informed beforehand of their requirement for her to wear a headscarf for the meeting.

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Le Pen has been visiting Lebanon as she seeks to bolster her presidential credentials.

Opinion polls say Le Pen is likely to get the highest score in the first round of voting which is to be held in April but then lose to a mainstream candidate in the decisive second round vote in May.


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