Saad Hariri

French presidential candidate walks away from meeting with Lebanon cleric after refusing to wear headscarf

French presidential candidate walks away from meeting with Lebanon cleric after refusing to wear headscarf

France's far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen refused to don a headscarf for a meeting with Lebanon's top Sunni Muslim cleric on Tuesday and walked away from the scheduled appointment after a brief squabble at the entrance.

Le Pen, who is on a three-day visit to Lebanon this week and has met senior officials, was to meet with the country's grand mufti, Sheikh Abdel-Latif Derian.

Shortly after she arrived at his office, one of his aides handed her a white headscarf to put on. Following a discussion with his aides that lasted a few minutes, she refused and returned to her car.

Le Pen has tried to raise her international profile and press her pro-Christian...

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