In a televised debate, French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin accused renowned anti-Islamization/anti-Muslim immigration leader, Marine Le Pen, of becoming “too soft” on Islam and its growing threat to France…leaving Le Pen visibly stunned.
Daily Mail French right-wing presidential candidate Marine Le Pen looked bewildered during a debate this week as she was accused by a Macron ally of being ‘too soft’ on Islam.
Darmanin said, ‘If I understand you right, you’re prepared to not even legislate on religion, and you say that Islam is not even a problem.” ‘You’ve gone quite far, it’s going to disappoint quite a lot of your voters I imagine.”
Interior minister Gérald Darmanin said her efforts to rebrand the National Rally party had led to a watering down of her hardline position that would ‘disappoint’ her base. Le Pen responded by defending the rights of Muslims to practice and confirmed she ‘does not intend to attack Islam, which is a religion like any other’. (Apparently, the Interior Minister is correct)
Tackling extremism is seen as a touchstone issue in the election and comes as ministers plan tougher measures over religious associations and homeschooling.
After losing the presidential run-off in 2017 to Macron and his newly formed En Marche! party, Le Pen changed the name of National Front to National Rally. Her anti-EU and anti-immigration firebrand populism was widely predicted to finally see her win the race for the Elysee Palace.
Just this week Le Pen was in court facing allegations of spreading hate by publiciing the images of James Foley, an American journalist who was murdered by the terrorist group in 2014.
She denied breaking hate speech laws by tweeting ‘monstrous’ pictures of the ISIS atrocities in a trial she slammed as a politically motivated attempt to silence her.