France’s far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen canceled a meeting with Lebanon’s grand mufti on Tuesday after refusing to wear a headscarf for the encounter.
The media office of Lebanon’s grand mufti, Sheikh Abdel-Latif Derian, told Reuters they were surprised by her refusal seeing as Le Pen’s aides were told beforehand that a headscarf would be required for the meeting.
But Le Pen told reporters that she hadn’t been required to wear a headscarf when she met Egypt’s top cleric in 2015. I met the grand mufti of Al-Azhar, she said. The highest Sunni authority didn’t have this requirement, but it doesn’t matter…You can pass on my respects to the grand mufti, but I will not cover myself up.