"I Will Not Cover Myself Up": Le Pen Refuses To Wear Headscarf, Cancels Meeting With Lebanese Cleric

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French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen, and leader of the National Front, canceled a Tuesday meeting with Lebanon's grand mufti, its top cleric for Sunni Muslims, after refusing to wear a headscarf for the encounter. 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.

Officials at the Dar al-Fatwa said Le Pen had been told in advance she’d need to put on a headscarf before meeting the Grand Mufti. Reminded again on arriving at his Beirut headquarters, she refused and left. “Dar al-Fatwa regrets this inappropriate behavior,” the council said in a statement

"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.

An aide of Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdel-Latif Derian, gives a head scarf to Le Pen, Feb. 20.

Le Pen disputed she broke a prior agreement. “I told them Monday that I wasn’t going to wear a headscarf. They didn’t cancel the meeting and so I therefore assumed that they had then accepted that I wouldn’t be wearing a headscarf,” she told reporters after the incident, according to Agence France-Presse.

As Reuters reports, Le Pen, who is a frontrunner for the presidency, is hoping to boost her foreign policy credentials with a two-day visit to Lebanon nine weeks from the April 23 first round, and may be partly targeting potential Franco-Lebanese votes. 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".

Marine Le Pen shakes hands with Cardinal Bechara Boutros Rai of Lebanon

But, as Reuters observes, 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.

Furthermore, as discussed last month, 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 al-Assad as the "only viable solution" for preventing Islamic State from taking power in Syria. "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.

“With geopolitics, one must often make the choice in favor of the lesser evil and for me, the lesser evil is Bashar al-Assad," said said in an interview with L’Orient-Le Jour. On Monday, Le Pen told Hariri that in her opinion the only realistic alternative to Assad was a Syria ruled by Islamic State. The French government insists Assad must leave office to establish peace in Syria, while saying it’s willing to talk to his government to arrange a transition.

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."

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Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) Feb 21, 2017 8:03 AM

Good for her!

She is going to win!

wildbad's picture

Yeah! You bet. Wear this Imam!

Ferrari's picture

But I thought we were all meant to conform to their rules, like the one that stipulates that it's ok to rape white girls who aren't covered?

Muh Raf's picture

Don't be stupid. Islaam upholds a death sentence for all rapists. period. Stop talking cr*p.

Haus-Targaryen's picture

For all convicted rapists of muslims.

If you rape a non Muslim in jihad that is okay. What constitutes jihad?

Hal n back's picture

FUBAR-they expec everyone else to respect their culture, and that they do nnot have to respect anyone elses culture.

time to say it as it is.


the first step in the art of the deal (whether DJT or not) is to have the other side abide with your rules.


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StackShinyStuff's picture

I'm with LE PEN ! (see what I did there?)

Kotzbomber747's picture

Sorry, I guess you folks can go ahead with the red kudos, but I don't agree with Marine on this one.

She's a GUEST in a foreign (Middle Eastern) country (in this case Lebanon), so you respect and adapt to the local traditions and habits and if you visit a mosque and/or meet an imam you dress appropriately i.e. women wear scarfs. It's a EXACTLY what she demands of foreigners (Muslims) that come to Europe, and which is something I fully agree with: they have to adapt to OUR way of life and respect OUR laws, culture and traditions when they live in Europe. Lead by example Marine!

p.s. If this was in France I would have completely agreed with her, but it's not, so therefore it's just a cheap publicity stunt IMO.

jbvtme's picture

 speaking of head scarfs and mufti...she's french and i'd be more concerned about the last time she bathed.

bigkahuna's picture

feminists take note - this is real Feminism

The Saint's picture
The Saint (not verified) bigkahuna Feb 21, 2017 10:12 AM

That was the correct response.  I'm liking Le Pen more and more.


Dabooda's picture

Let's try a thought experiment here, before you give Le Pen too much credit.

Let us suppose that you are the owner of a small family restaurant here in the USA, and a gentleman enters your restaurant asking to be seated.  The gentleman is quite naked.  Should you seat him, or should you insist that he observe the local standards of "decency?"  Reference to prioperty rights and local customs in your answer.

Now explain how Le Pen's conduct in the private office of a Lebanese cleric  differs from that of the naked man?

Socratic Dog's picture

Umm, Le Pen wasn't naked?

No requirement in islam for head covering.  It's an Arab custom that predates islam.  Like genital mutilation.

californiagirl's picture

Head covering for women only is not the same thing as requiring  all guests to wear clothes, regardless of sex, race, religion, or nationality. Pergaps if all men were also required to wear them, she might not have objected so much.

Dabooda's picture

Actually, it's ALL a matter of local customs.  Yes, dress customs are different for men and women in most cultures -- including ours.  You see a lot of topless women on the beach, or on the street?  I wish.   I've got nothing against Le Pen refusing to cover her head and canceling the meeting -- just saying that if she won't follow local customs, she's not going to be respected by the locals.

DownWithYogaPants's picture

Center of  "Islamic learning" ........ROFLMAO

How many classes needed to fuck a goat?

Theosebes Goodfellow's picture

~Center of  "Islamic learning" ........ROFLMAO~

Here is all the "cener for Islamic Learning a non-Muslim needs:


Read it all.

IndyPat's picture

She's under no personal obligation to submit, no matter where she is or what religious custom it is.

Fuck em if the shareef don't like it.

Muh Raf's picture

If you don't like it then don't go there. Simple.

IndyPat's picture

She didn't. That is the point. She politely refused the meeting.

Lebanon is not exclusively a moose lamb country, asshole.

Muh Raf's picture

Correct. And even the Christians and Maronites choose to wear headscarves. They are called Nuns.

HopefulCynical's picture

Fuck em if the shareef don't like it.

He thinks it's not kosher!

BerlinBerlin1's picture

Sadly Lebanon used to be Christian.  

Twox2's picture

"If you don't like it then don't go there. Simple."

Same with America...

Oldrepublic's picture

This incident remind me of the 1793 MacCartney Mission to China when the first British envoy to China refused to kowtow to the  Emperor

sarz's picture

Le Pen was not meeting the imam for spiritual advice, but as an equal committed to a politically-charged dress code, to get his political input. The imam or his representatives made a mistake in demanding that she violate her professed principles. It's another matter that she is capitalizing on the incident. But that's politics. There is limited margin for graceful behavior. 

Muh Raf's picture

When in Rome.... unless of course you're a Yank, in which case you can do what you want, where you want, irrespective of the impact on the locals because Muricans are a "superior race". Yanks are self-obsessed, murderous, spiritual pygmies.

IndyPat's picture

Excuse me, goatfucker...but last I checked, Le Pen is French.
Like she's going to respect a religion that doesn't respect her as a woman?

Fuck the boy loving muslims and their homo prophet.

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Manipulism's picture

You can call the guys here a lot but not jew lovers.

neutrino3's picture

Heheh .... hahah ... bwaahahahahahahaha ... Dr.Carlin?

SumTing Wong's picture

And it is their choice to do so. If I don't want to wear the beanie the Jews wear, I can choose not to go to the Wailing Wall. My choice. What is so hard to understand? Is it just that you think everyone needs to do things your way? GTFO. It has nothing to do with respecting or not respecting a religion. It is all about personal choice. We believe in it. Apparently you Muslims don't. 

City_Of_Champyinz's picture

Islam deserves no fucking respect at all. It is a primitive barbaric shit show founded by a war mongering child rapist piece of dog shit. 

MemyselfandI's picture

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scoutshonor's picture

When the knuckleheads drove to Garland Texas to go all Middle Easty on folks they didn't get 3 feet from their car before taking a bullet to the head and going to meet with their 72 virgins.

Blunt, practical, expeditious--just like we like it.  Sure it was not the commonly accepted approach valued by most of the civilized world--nuanced, politically correct, tolerant, totally ineffective.

That lack of ability to buy into a bullshit approach is what I think offends people around the world--apparently including you.  Watch and see if people in France are sick enough of the bullshit to opt for a new way of living.

I think Le Pen may have just won the election.

BerlinBerlin1's picture

You've just got to get off the camel urine.  BTW flies don't have healing properties and the devil doesn't live up your noses at night.  Plse show me muhammad's flying donkey carcass that's all I ask.

HenryKissingerChurchill's picture

I don't agree with Marine on this one. She's a GUEST in a foreign (Middle Eastern) country...  it's just a cheap publicity stunt IMO.

she is sending a message to the French voter: "I Le Pen as a president of France will not bend over to the muslim horde"

of course it is a publicity stunt, everything is ... can you imagine what the jew press in europe could say if she goes and wear the headtowel ???

sarz's picture

Many, many women in Lebanon do not cover their heads. She did not seek this confrontation. It was thrust on her. 

DeadFred's picture

As long as she really did them she would not wear a scarf she is on firm ground. And election winning ground at that. She offered her respects and declined the interview which is her right and the cleric should be able to graciously accept it. I bet he did. This was probably planned along Trump's lines to tweak the noses of the PC crowd who will scream about it and give her many votes. It looks like France may get an intelligent leader for once, maybe one who doesn't like pizza.

Dancing Disraeli's picture

Correct, but since Islam is the enemy, she was correct in not bending the knee.  She never should have flirted with the notion that she'd meet the guy at all.  Boot out the Muzzies in France.  There's lots and lots of Muslim countries that they can reside in, where they will not be offended by Western Civilization.  Then, let's leave them alone.  Bring the boys back home and end it.

Lex_Luthor's picture

Time to fcuk those retarded medival satanists. Whenever, wherever. Go LePen!

fleur de lis's picture

If these were normal times you would have a point.

But these are not normal times.

Abnormality is running amok at every level.

If LePen donned a headscarf in deference to the Mufti, the French leftists and Muslims would use that picture to defy her stance on growing Islamic aggression, criminality, and violence in France.

The Mufti knew this very well and thought he could bring her to heel.

She called his bluff and sent regards.

If a headscarf was a requirement to meet the Mufti then her aides should have informed her sooner.

But if he only issued this requirement to bring her down a few pegs he miscalculated.

Islamics bring nothing but trouble to Europe.

They are in no position to be making stupid demands of their Infidel caregivers and feeders.



rosiescenario's picture

LePen set this up so she could make points with her public at home.....smart.

Bavarian's picture

So when is the last time you saw Saudi citizens wearing blue jeans upon visiting the US?