Marine Le Pen is in conflict with Lebanon over refusal to cover her head

LILLE, FRANCE - JANUARY 27: French far-right party National Front leader Marine Le Pen attends a press conference in a restaurant on January 27, 2017 in Denain near Lille, France. Since the election of Donald Trump as U.S. president on Nov. 8, the French race has been closely-watched as another crucial battle between populist and establishment forces (Photo by Sylvain Lefevre/Getty Images)

The French Presidential nominee (who, by the way, actively opposes LGBT rights in general and same-sex marriages in part) had to cancel her meeting with Lebanese religious leader because she did not want to wear a scarf covering her head.

The MEP, an opponent of LGBT rights, is currently on a two-day visit to Lebanon where she is courting votes from those with dual nationality ahead of the first round of the Presidential election in April.
In a discussion with reporters, Ms Le Pen said she had met the Grand Mufti before [in Egypt in 2015] and not covered her head. “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.” She has previously said she would ban all religious symbols in public. She is currently embroiled in an investigation over misuse of EU funds.


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