Vive La Révolution!
By Raymond Shipley
France's National Front presidential candidate Marine Le Pen canceled a meeting on Tuesday with Lebanon's grand mufti after being told she had to wear a headscarf for the sit-down. This is in sharp contrast to recent European leaders who have rallied against the nationalism that has swept the US election of Donald Trump and Britain's "Brexit" from the EU.
Le Pen, who is among the top contenders for the French presidency, was said to be using the trip to Lebanon in order to bolster foreign policy credentials before the election. After meeting with Christian President Michel Aoun and Sunni Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri on Monday, it was learned the Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Latif Derian required the headscarf.
"I met the grand mufti of Al-Azhar...the highest Sunni authority didn't have this requirement. You can pass on my respects to the grand mufti, but I will not cover myself up," said Le Pen.
It has been alleged the National Front leader had been informed beforehand that a headscarf was required for the meeting, and the cleric's press office were "surprised by her refusal."
For those versed in the politics of France, and the West in general, there is no surprise. French law bans headscarves in the public service and for high school pupils due to separation of church-state and equal rights for women. Le Pen has expressed a desire to extend this ban to all public places, which would impact France's Muslim community greatly. The outright refusal to wear the headscarf should be seen as a statement that Le Pen, and National Front, are willing to put their money where their rhetoric lies.
France's New Direction
France has been the victim of numerous Islamic terror attacks, and this fact, along with the victories of Trump and Brexit, have bolstered support for the anti-immigration and anti-EU National Front. Moreover, Le Pen has spoken out against current French foreign policy concerning Syria, claiming President Bashar al-Assad is the "only viable solution" for preventing an ISIS take-over of the region. The nationalist ideology embodied by National Front has been resonating with the French public.
Prime Minister Hariri responded, saying "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." Likewise, Walid Jumblatt, of the minority Druze community in Lebanon, claimed Le Pen had "insulted" the Lebanese and Syrian people.
"I hope France will make a better choice than this fascist right. We cannot ask the Lebanese people to forget the crimes of the Syrian regime against it and we cannot return en masse (Syrians) while there is the Syrian regime. It's a double insult," Jumblatt said.
The reality of the situation is the tides of change have come to reap what the globalists have sown. Western Man has been brow beaten for too long and the accusations of "fascism", "racism" and "Islamophobia" are now seen as affirmations rather than insults. It is very likely that Le Pen has now solidified her impending presidency with this act much the way Trump solidified his by repeatedly spanking the MSM. This author was once accused of hating women due to an abhorrence for Hillary Clinton and Angela Merkel. Let the record now show that, in this author's opinion, France would do well to elect Marine Le Pen and reclaim France for the French. Vive la révolution!