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Wednesday, February 22, 2017
The compulsory Hijab; Marine Le Pen leaves meeting with top Muslim cleric in Lebanon as she refuses to wear headscarf + Video
French far-right presidential wannabe Marine Le Pen walked away from a meeting in Lebanon with a top Muslim cleric after refusing to wear a headscarf.
Ms Le Pen arrived for talks with the Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdel-Latif Derian but turned on her heels and left in her car after being presented with the scarf.
“You can pass on my respects to the Grand Mufti, but I will not cover myself up,” she told reporters as she went.
The press office for the Grand Mufti - the top Sunni cleric - said that Ms Le Pen’s aides had been informed beforehand of their requirement for her to wear head covering for the meeting and were shocked at the refusal.
Ms Le Pen complained that she had met with the Grand Mufti of Egypt’s Al-Azhar without wearing a headscarf.
“The highest Sunni authority in the world did not have this demand, so I have no reason to. I am not putting the veil on,” she was overheard saying.
Political commentators expect Ms Le Pen, 48, to do well in France’s first round of presidential voting before losing out in the later counts.
It comes as a key French Presidential candidate has announced he wants to lure away Britain's bankers and professors after Brexit.
Brass-necked Emmanuel Macron made his bold pledge yards from the door of 10 Downing Street, straight after meeting Theresa May today.
The independent candidate, who has come from behind to jostle for the lead ahead of April's election, requested the meeting with the Prime Minister himself according to Downing Street.
Tonight he is due to address 3,000 of the 200,000 French voters living in London in a campaign rally.
He told the Press Association as he left Downing Street: "In my programmes I will have a series of initiatives to get talented people in research and lots of fields working here to come to France.
"I was very happy to see that some academics and researchers in the UK because of Brexit are considering coming to France to work.
"It will be part of my programme to be attractive for these kinds of people."
sked "do you want banks to move from London to Paris after Brexit ?", he said: "I want banks, talents, researchers, academics and so on.
"I think that France and the European Union are a very attractive space now so in my programme I will do everything I can to make it attractive and successful."
Downing Street refused to give any details of Mr Macron's conversation with Theresa May, saying it was private.