Presidential election 2022: Banning the veil is no longer Marine Le Pen’s priority – 20 Minutes

The entourage of Marine Le Pen was in mine clearance operation on Sunday. The banning of the veil in public space, present in the initial project of the candidate of the National Rally, is no longer her priority in the fight against Islamism, indicated several of her lieutenants. Marine Le Pen had already admitted Saturday that the veil is a “complex problem”, that she is “not obtuse” and that her controversial measure to ban the veil in the street will be debated in the National Assembly. A subject for the Parliament Asked about this inflection , his spokesman Sébastien Chenu said on BFMTV on Sunday that in the fight against Islamism, the ban on the veil in public space “comes after the closure of Salafist mosques, the ban on Salafism, and the cutting of Islamist financing. “When we have closed the Salafist mosques, cut all funding, banned Salafism, believe me we will have brought down 90% of Islamist veils”, he insisted. Sébastien Chenu also declared that the RN candidate, if she were elected president next Sunday, would entrust Parliament with the task of specifying the contours of a limitation of the veil: “Parliament will take up this question and provide practical answers so that the 70-year-old grandmother who wears her little veil for years is not affected, because she is not the target. The target are the Islamists”. The vice-president of the RN Jordan Bardella​ for his part declared, on France Inter – Franceinfo – Le Monde that the veil “will be prohibited in all public buildings, the administration, and obviously we will give business leaders the possibility of prohibiting politico-religious claims”. A “term objective” The ban is a “term objective”, he added, making the distinction between “the veil for French women who arrived from immigration in the 60s and 70s” and “the veil has now become an instrument of pressure from Islamic fundamentalists and a challenge to equality between men and women”. Finally, the RN mayor of Perpignan Louis Aliot assured the Grand Jury (LCI-RTL-Le Figaro) that “if we put pressure on radical Islamism, there will be fewer veiled women in the streets”. He added that the spirit of the law would be to protect “those under pressure” from family, society or community.