France’s Le Pen renews anti-Islam remarks ahead of election

With just three weeks before the first round of France’s presidential election, far-right candidate Marine Le Pen is working to galvanize voters with the anti-Islam rhetoric that is one of her trademarks.

Le Pen addresses thousands of supporters in the southwest French city of Bordeaux, where she vows to “uncompromisingly fight Islamist fundamentalism which seeks to impose its oppressive rules in our country.”

French presidential election candidate for the far-right Front National (FN) party Marine Le Pen gestures as she gives a speech during a campaign meeting on April 2, 2017 at the Bordeaux-Lac exhibition center in Bordeaux, western France. ( AFP PHOTO / GEORGES GOBET)
French presidential election candidate for the far-right Front National (FN) party Marine Le Pen gestures as she gives a speech during a campaign meeting on April 2, 2017, at the Bordeaux-Lac exhibition center in Bordeaux, western France. ( AFP PHOTO / GEORGES GOBET)

She also criticizes the headscarves that some Muslim women wear, saying “girls in France should be able to dress as they wish” and “shouldn’t be forced to bury themselves under clothes of another age.”

Polls suggest Le Pen is one of the top contenders in the election’s first round on April 23, but would lose in the May 7 runoff.

— AFP

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