Marine Le Pen’s entourage was on a mine clearance mission on Sunday. Banning the veil in public spaces, which was included in the National Assembly candidate’s original project, is no longer her priority in the fight against Islamism, several of her deputies have indicated.
Marine Le Pen had already admitted on Saturday that the veil was a “complex problem”, that she was “not obtuse” and that her controversial measure to ban the veil on the streets was being debated in the National Assembly.
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Asked about this shift, his spokesman Sébastien Chenu clarified on Sunday on BFMTV that in the fight against Islamism, the ban on veiling in public spaces “after the closure of Salafist mosques, the ban on Salafism and the cutting off of “Islamist” funding. “By the time we have closed the Salafist mosques, cut all funds and banned Salafism, believe me, we will have brought down 90% of the Islamist veils,” he stressed.
Sébastien Chenu also stated that if the RN candidate were elected president next Sunday, she would entrust Parliament with the task of defining the contours of a boundary of the veil: “Parliament will take up this question and give practical answers so that in fact the 70-year-old grandmother, who has been wearing her veil for years, is not worried because she is not the target. The target is the Islamists”.
For his part, RN Vice-President Jordan Bardella told France Inter – Franceinfo – Le Monde that the veil “will be banned in all public buildings and administration, and of course we will give business leaders the opportunity to express political religious claims”.
The ban is a “long-term goal,” he added, distinguishing between “the veil for French women who came from immigration in the ’60s and ’70s” and “the veil that has now become a pressure tool by Islamic fundamentalists to challenge.” for equality between men and women”.
Finally, the RN Mayor of Perpignan Louis Aliot assured in the grand jury (LCI-RTL-Le Figaro) that “if we put pressure on radical Islamism, there will be fewer veiled women on the streets”. He added that the spirit of the law is to protect “those under pressure” from family, society or community.