National Front leader Marine Le Pen of France cancelled a meeting with Lebanon’s Grand Mufti rather than wear an Islamic veil.
When a scarf was handed to her to wear for a meeting with the Sunni religious leader, the Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Latif Derian, she said no.
“You can pass on my respects to the grand mufti, but I will not cover myself up,” she said.
Le Pen was in Lebanon this week to meet leaders ahead of the first round of voting in France’s Presidential elections in April and to attract potential Lebanese-Franco voters who fled to France during the Lebanese 1975-1990 civil war and became French citizens.
Swedish politicians, on the other hand, submitted to oppressive Iran
A delegation from Sweden’s feminist government exposed their hypocrisy by wearing Islamic headscarves during a visit to Iran last week.
The Swedish women, led by Prime Minister Stefan Löfvenall, all donned headscarves when they landed in Iran for a visit to foster trade between the two countries.
Trade Minister Ann Linde (pictured above), an ardent women’s rights campaigner, wore a hijab along with her female colleagues. She said she didn’t want to violate the law in Iran where it has been mandatory since the 1979 revolution for women to cover their heads.
The incident caused a furor among Swedish politicians back home who regard the headscarf as oppressive to woman. They said it was wrong for a “feminist government” to wear a hijab in a country where women are fighting for the right not to wear one.
“The veil is a symbol of the oppression of women in Iran,” said the Swedish Liberal Party leader Jan Björklund.