[Ed. – I hold no brief for Le Pen, who continues to have troubling connections and policies. I don’t have illusions about Francois Fillon, but I do think he’s a better candidate. That said, the day has come, and Le Pen did the right thing refusing to don a headscarf to meet a cleric in Lebanon. Assertion of Western cultural sovereignty over ourselves has to start with things like this.]
France’s Marine Le Pen canceled a meeting with Lebanon’s Grand Mufti Tuesday after refusing to wear a headscarf.
The far-right presidential candidate is on a two-day tour of Lebanon where she is courting Franco-Lebanese votes ahead of the first round of French elections on April 23.
Le Pen told reporters that she was surprised by the requirement. But a spokesman for the Grand Mufti said Le Pen had been informed of the need to wear a head covering before the meeting.
Le Pen said she had met the Grand Mufti of Al-Azhar during a visit to Egypt in 2015 without covering her head.
“I met the grand mufti of Al-Azhar,” she told reporters. “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 insisted.