French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen ridiculed for her hijab remarks – Middle East Monitor

Far-right French presidential candidate and leader of the National Rally, Marine Le Pen, has drawn a wave of criticism after she said the late Tunisian leader Habib Bourguiba had banned the headscarf worn by Muslim women in Algeria.

Le Pen was the guest of France Inter radio yesterday when she pledged to completely abolish the hijab in France, noting that she would not be the first president to do so, “as Bourguiba had done in Algeria”.

Posters depicting candidates running for the presidential election by French street artist Jaeraymie are seen on billboards in Paris, France, April 10, 2022 [Esra Taşkın/Anadolu Agency]

Le Pen’s statement sparked a wave of controversy on social media platforms, since Bourguiba was president of Tunisia, not Algeria.

Social media user Najib said: “Bourguiba did not ban the hijab, but rather prevented the import of sectarian clothing foreign to our culture.” Adding that Tunisians have their traditional outfits like Safseri and Bakhnoug and dozens of clothes that preserve their culture and identity.

Another social media user said the problem with Le Pen’s remarks is that no one in the studio realized the information was false.

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