French President Emmanuel Macron warned Wednesday that his far-right rival Marine Le Pen risked sparking a ‘civil war’ if she was elected and implemented her plans to ban the Muslim headscarf in public.
During a televised presidential debate, Le Pen confirmed that she stood by her controversial idea of banning the headscarf, which she called ‘a uniform imposed by Islamists’, but she said she was not ‘fighting against Islam.’
‘I’m telling it in a very clear manner: I think the headscarf is a uniform imposed by Islamists,’ Le Pen said.
‘I think a great proportion of young women who are wearing it have no other choice in reality.’
Macron responded: ‘What you’re saying is very serious. You are going to cause a civil war. I say this sincerely.’
The sitting President has said he would not ban religious clothing, but he has overseen the closure of numerous mosques, schools and Islamic groups, with help from a special team to root out suspected breeding grounds for radicalism.
The Macron government also passed a controversial law last year to fight ‘separatism,’ the word used to describe the mixing of politics with Islam, deemed dangerous to France’s prized value of secularism.
But Le Pen has pledged to take things a step further by placing an outright ban on religious clothing in public – a law she says would be enforced like ‘wearing a seatbelt in a car’.
Islam is a supremacist religion that encourages its followers to discriminate against non-Muslims, even up to the point of violence including death (for the fundamentalists, e.g. ISIS). Islamist clothing is an advertisement for that religion, a statement of superiority, our God is better than yours — Allahu Akbar!
Where does freedom of speech — or simply good manners and tolerance — end? We don’t have much time for people wearing KKK t-shirts or Nazi paraphernalia, and likewise Marine Le Pen is articulating the feeling of many French people who don’t want oppressive Islamic symbols worn in their country.