French President Emmanuel Macron’s party withdrew its support for the candidate who snapped a picture with a scarf on a poster for the local elections. Upside down. The debate over the Islamic headscarf could play a significant role in next year’s presidential election.
Mahfouz Benali, the leading candidate in a neighborhood of Montpellier, southern France, commented on Macron’s decision by the Republic on Action (REM) to withdraw support from one of the candidate lists, “I am genuinely hurt by the decision.” Sarah Zamahi.
On a poster For the June elections, Al-Zamahi was photographed wearing a white headscarf. Although France bans the wearing of the headscarf in schools, it can be worn without restrictions elsewhere in public places or on the election campaign.
However, the head of the movement, Stanislas Guerini, said in an interview with RTL on Tuesday that the party would not support Zemahyova. “We believe that ostentatious religious symbols have no place on posters, whatever the religion,” Guerney said.
The poster containing four council candidates bears the slogan “Different but unified for you.” At the bottom is the inscription that they are candidates for the “presidential majority”.
The decision, which has been criticized by some members of Macron’s party, according to the Associated Press, highlights France’s divisions over the headscarf and secularism, and also foreshadows the role the issue could play in next year’s presidential election.
Macron is expected to run for re-election in 2022, as polls indicate that in the second round, as in 2017, he may face far-right politician Marine Le Pen in the second round.
It was Jordan Bardella’s tweet, ranked 2nd in the National League (RN) in Le Pen, that sparked the case. “This is the battle against separatism,” he wrote, in an ironic reference to Macron’s determination to fight political Islam and extremism in France. In another tweet, he said that the Islamic veil is “contrary to our values” and that the National Front “will ban it in public places.” (CTK)
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