As French presidentail candidate, Marine Le Pen, paid a two-day visit to Lebanon, she had to cancel her meeting with the Grand Mufti of Lebanon, Sheikh Abdul Latif Derian, as Le Pen should have been required to wear a hadscarf during their meeting.
Marine Le Pen considers the headscarf a symbol of a women’s submission and refused to put it on for her meeting with the most powerful person within the Lebanese community.
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.
Under France’s strict separation of church and state, headscarfs are banned in government institutions such as public schools. in the past Le Pen has argued for the ban to extend to all public spaces.
However, Le Pen met with the newly-elected President Michel Aoun, a Christian, and Lebanese Prime Minister, Saad al-Hariri, a Sunni Muslim. Lebanon is one of the most religiously diverse countries in the world.
Lebanon has taken in 1.5 million Syrian refugees, making up about 25% of the tiny country’s population. President Aoun has characterized the refugees as an security threat, and has made their return to Syria a top priority.
Le Pen’s visit to Lebanon attracted more controversy on Monday when she declared her support for Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad as the “only viable solution” to keep Syria out of the hands of ISIS, she told the press. Assad is obviously a much more reassuring solution today for France than ISIS!
At the end the most serious error would be to link Islam and Muslims one the one hand and terrorism on the other, said Lebanese PM, Hariri.
Sputnik / AA Magnum News 2017.