French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin accused the leader of the right-wing National Rally Party, Marine Le Pen, with the launch of the first debates in preparation for the presidential elections of “great indulgence” with Islam.
Gerald, who is close to President Emmanuel Macron, pointed out that Le Pen’s efforts to rehabilitate the National Rally Party had led to a dilution of her hard-line stance that would “disappoint” her base.
He said, “Mrs. Le Pen has become a little weak .. She needs to take some vitamins, she is not tough enough with this file.”
He added, “If I understand you correctly, you are ready not to legislate even on religion, and you are saying that Islam is not a problem. You have come a long way, and you will disappoint as many of your constituents as I can imagine.”
Le Pen responded by defending the rights of Muslims to practice their rites and asserted that she “does not intend to attack Islam, for it is like any other religion.”
Tackling extremism is seen as a central issue in the French elections as ministers plan tougher measures on religious associations and home education.
Le Pen announced a bill on banning “Islamist ideologies”, banning “Islamist fashion” in the public space, 15 months before the presidential elections in which Macron will compete.
Source: Daily Mail