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Marine Le Pen: Wearing Yarmulkes Should Be Banned

Saturday, September 22nd, 2012

French right-wing politician Marine Le Pen said she supports a ban on wearing yarmulkes in public in addition to a ban on Muslim headscarves.

“Obviously, if the veil is banned, the yarmulke [should be] banned in public as well,” the French daily Le Monde quoted Le Pen, leader of the National Front, as saying in an interview published on Friday.

Le Pen’s anti-immigrant, anti-Islamist party has long supported a ban on Muslim headscarves, veils and burkas. France’s minister of education, Vincent Peillon, said Le Pen “was fanning the flames of fundamentalism” with her statements. “She is the main fundamentalist,” he said.

The president of the Conference of European Rabbis, Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt, said Le Pen has “once again exposed herself as being unworthy of the mainstream French political space.”

“Her suggestion of a ban on wearing a kipah in public takes us straight back to the times of state-sponsored anti-Semitism under the Vichy regime,” he said. “Any sane politician will disqualify these comments as total madness and profoundly insulting to the French ideals of freedom of expression.”

Founded in the 1970s by Jean-Marie Le Pen, Marine Le Pen’s father, the National Front has established itself as France’s third-largest political party. In 2002, it made it to the second round in the presidential elections, clinching 17 percent of the vote.

Marine Le Pen to Sue Jewish-French Philosopher for Libel

Monday, June 11th, 2012

A lawyer for Marine Le Pen said the leader of the French far right will sue French-Jewish philosopher Bernard-Henri Levy for libel.

Wallerand de Saint-Just said he would submit a libel suit on behalf of Le Pen, president of the National Front party, to the Paris Magistrate’s Court next week.

In an article originally published on the website La Regle du Jeu, Levy suggested that Le Pen may bear some responsibility for attacks against Jews because of her alleged penchant for habitually mocking Jewish-sounding names in meetings.

Referring to a recent attack at Villeurbanne in which three young Jewish men wearing yarmulkes were attacked by at least 10 assailants, Levy asked, “Is it really a coincidence that this aggression follows a campaign in which one candidate, Ms. Le Pen, has systematically lampooned Jewish-sounding names in meetings?”

De Saint-Just told JTA that “There is no basis to the claim that Ms. Le Pen jeeringly uses names of Jewish people in meetings and speeches or any other forums. Mr. Levy is simply inventing it.” He added, “Suggesting Ms. Le Pen bears responsibility for the attacks in Villeurbanne is particularly ignoble.”

The article by Levy, which promises to offer “the key to understanding the new anti-Semitism,” was disseminated by CRIF, the umbrella organization of France’s Jewish communities.

When in Trouble, Marine Le Pen Attacks Jewish Bankers

Monday, April 9th, 2012

French National Front leader Marine Le Pen has been slipping in the polls ahead of the April 22 first-round vote (2nd round will be May6), placing fourth behind President Nicolas Sarkozy, Socialist front-runner Francois Hollande, and leftist Jean-Luc Melenchon. And so, to boost her ratings, she’s been doing whatever she can, including pick the very Jewish sounding Goldman Sachs, as her target.

Le Pen stopped short of describing Goldman Sachs as the Jewish bankers who control the world markets – but who needs to utter the J word, when an easily identifiable name like “Goldman” will do the job just as nicely?

“Goldman Sachs topples governments everywhere,” Le Pen told supporters in Lyon, depicting the Wall Street firm as precisely that all-powerful institution that manipulates entire nations and gives orders to the European Central Bank.

“Goldman Sachs places its men at the top of euro zone countries,” Le Pen said, using imagery reminiscent of Night of the Living Dead pod people. “Goldman Sachs puts its man at the head of the European Central Bank,” she went on. “In Greece, Italy, the ECB, oligarchs have taken power.”

Reuters points out that the ECB’s head, Mario Draghi, is a former Goldman Sachs executive.

Sarkozy, moving in on Le Pen’s potential voters, told his supporters on Saturday that voting for the National Front would usher in a Socialist victory by splitting the Right.

But a recent poll suggests that 16 percent of Le Pen’s supporters would rather vote for the Socialist candidate in a runoff election than back the President.

French PM: Jews, Muslims Should Reconsider ‘Ancestral Traditions’ of Kashrut, Halal

Thursday, March 8th, 2012

French Prime Minister Francois Fillon recently called on Jews and Muslims to rethink their kosher and halal ritual slaughter laws, a clear indication that French politicians are in campaign mode.

“Religions should think about keeping traditions that don’t have much in common with today’s state of science, technology and health problems,” said the Prime minister in a radio interview on Monday, “we live in a modern society.”

Fillon’s comments come as President Nicolas Sarkozy and his party, Union for a Popular Movement (UMP) seek to court conservative voters ahead of the presidential election in May.

The issue of ritual slaughter is part of larger narrative in French society concerning French identity and immigration. But the prime minister’s comments are more reminiscent of Jean-Marie Le Pen’s far-right National Front party than the center-right party that the UMP purports to be.

Indeed, it was Le Pen’s daughter – current National Front and Presidential candidate – Marine Le Pen that brought the issue to the fore in mid-February, by claiming that “all the abattoirs in the Paris region sell halal meat without exception.” It turned out that her statement wasn’t entirely accurate. Still, Sarkozy and his allies did not want to be outbid in a contest for prized constituents, so they have raised the rhetoric, focusing more on the themes of ‘Secularism’ and ‘French culture’ as the campaign proceeds. This includes Sarkozy himself, who over the weekend urged butchers to label distinctly meat slaughtered in accordance with religious laws.

Marine Le Pen Says Sarkozy Forces Halal Meat on Parisians

Monday, February 20th, 2012

The Guardian reports that French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen switched her campaign back to immigration on Sunday, by claiming all meat in Paris was halal, as she tried to head off President Nicolas Sarkozy’s attempts to lure her supporters.

At a congress of her National Front party in Lille, Le Pen said she had proof that all meat in Paris was halal and that she would lodge legal complaints against distributors for misleading consumers.

“This situation is a real deception and the government has been fully aware of it for months,” she told reporters at the conference. “All the abattoirs in the Paris region sell halal meat without exception.”

The main meat industry association, Interbev, denied the allegation and said most meat in Paris was not slaughtered under halal or kosher practices.

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