open curtain debate between two towers

Ban the wearing of the veil in a public place? The idea more than came to Marine Le Pen’s mind. The position expressed by the National Rally candidate during the debate on April 21, 2022 with candidate Emmanuel Macron is clear: “I am for a ban on wearing a veil in public places. I think a lot of young women can’t help it. These women should be set free.”

The position that for the candidate Macron carries “Civil War“: “If this is done, France will become the first country in the world to ban the wearing of religious symbols. How many policemen will run for kipas, veils? I consider what you propose to be a betrayal of the French spirit.“And for the president to cite as an example Latifa ibn Ziaten, the mother of a soldier killed by Mohammed Merah in 2012,”that we all see with emotion with her scarf. Do you want to snatch it from him?” “Excess!Marine Le Pen says…

“Veil Overlay”

Already during her campaign, Marine Le Pen approaches this topic from the point of view: “I say that the Islamists impose the veil. And I don’t admit it. I think a veil ban is necessary.”. Or : “It’s like when we didn’t put on a mask: we didn’t put it on, we had a fine. It will be the same”she speaks in BFM TV. According to her, this ban would interfere with helping Muslim women, because the veil “an Islamic uniform that seeks to put pressure on those who don’t wear it.”

Specifically, President Marine Le Pen, so wearing a veil will be illegal – no distinction is made between a simple hijab (Islamic veil that covers the hair), niqab or veil – on the street, in shops, restaurants, public transport (but not in a private house or in a mosque For example). In the bill”aimed at combating Islamist ideologies” submitted by a candidate from the People’s Association in February 2021, article 10 of the draft”prohibition of Islamist outfits in the public space”, the term veil is not clearly mentioned there. If this bill still appears today on the website of the National Rally, the mention of the ban on the veil in public does not appear explicitly in its Élysée candidate program.

“Little” veil of grandmothers

During a dialogue in the Vaucluse market with a woman who wears a headscarf – by choice, as she herself specifies – Marine Le Pen explains that she does not have “radicalism” while remembering the bottom of his thought. “You know very well that in some areas, women who do not want to wear a veil are suspended; they are judged and isolated. I, in France, do not want any woman to be judged.” she wants to clarify. “It’s Grandma’s Sign”, then this resident of Algerian origin, a veteran of France, answers. Wanting to smooth his speech, candidate Le Pen will prefer a more measured vocabulary in a few hours. During another trip, she declares that she does not “blunt”, returning it”hard problem” to a parliamentary discussion, then to a popular verdict, imagining that “citizens can repeal this law if they are not satisfied.” through a referendum initiated by citizens.

Message confirmed by one of his lieutenants a little later BFM-TV :”parliament (…) will give practical answers, so that the 70-year-old grandmother, who wore her little veil for years, was clearly not worried. (…) Our goal is not to fight women”explains RN deputy Sebastien Chenu.

So, the wearing of the veil – and its possible ban – became a matter of generations for Marine Le Pen and her entourage …

Veil and feminism, according to Emmanuel Macron

On France Info, Emmanuel Macron believes that “personally, the issue of veil is not an obsession”adding that he tried during his five years “to expose the problem that there are people who, by distorting this religion or using it, are trying to get out of the Republic, which is not at all what a woman wearing a veil does”. While driving, it even goes so far as to launch: “There is no country in the world that bans veils on public roads, do you want to be the first?”

A few days earlier, in Strasbourg, Emmanuel Macron was arrested on charges of “feminism” a young woman under a veil, tried “beautiful” that his interlocutor, who claims to wear this religious sign “to choose”you can ask him this question. “This is the best answer to all the nonsense I hear”emphasized the candidate, taking care of Marine Le Pen. “millions of our compatriots whose religion is Islam should be able to live in peace in our country”he added.

Presidential candidate poses as champion of all religious freedoms: “If far-right candidate Marine Le Pen bans the veil, our Constitution will have her banning the yarmulke, she will have to ban the cross, she will have to ban other religious symbols.”.

An opportunity to also settle the criticism caused by the so-called “anti-separatism” law, accused of fueling distrust of Islam, which has always been defended by the majority. Several majority leaders spoke of a desire not to see the questions behind the veil pollute the debate on the anti-separatism bill. In accordance with Article 45, the Special Commission rejected Amendment No. 2 bis of the LREM Majority Group, Aurora Berger, which aims to ban young girls from wearing the veil. At the time, Creuse’s deputy, Jean-Baptiste Moreau, reasoned that “the veil has little to do with religion, but much to do with submission to the patriarchal order,” opposing “to all amendments forbidding women to wear a veil as soon as they have a free will.”

At the very center of the battle between the two towers, the topic resurfaces, and candidate Macron’s lieutenants, in turn, go to the front. When asked about CNews, government spokesman Gabriel Attal said of Marine Le Pen: “She believes it is a priority for our police to go after women who wear a veil to voice them.”

Veil, from religious to political

Fully veiled Muslim women take part in a protest in London against France's ban on full Islamic veils in public on April 11, 2011.

This religious sign caused deep controversy in France after the Cray (Oise) case in 1989, when three teenage girls were expelled from college for wearing a veil. On March 15, 2004, France passed a law banning conspicuous religious symbols in schools.

This vote does not end the debate. Four years later, the dismissal of an employee of a Parisian nursery – “The Case of the Wolf Cub” – because of the veil caused a wave of emotions. In 2011, during the Sarkozy presidency, France passed a law banning face coverings in public places. This text aims to prohibit Muslim women from wearing the niqab, a full veil that only reveals their eyes.

Macron’s five-year term has not been without controversy over this. The controversy surrounding the wearing of a veil by a student in the National Assembly, as well as at sports competitions, or the desire to ban it for young girls … In 2019, it was the presence of a mother in a veil during a school trip and attending a public meeting of the regional council, which caused the wrath of an elected member National Assembly. Senators – with a majority on the right – will even vote for text that would attempt to ban the veil in a few specific cases, a law that was not successful.

So the veil “discord” will he tip the scales on Sunday, April 24, 2022? According to an Ifop poll, in the first round, the Muslim electorate voted mainly for Jean-Luc Mélenchon (69%). Cross.

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