French presidential candidate plans firm line on Brexit

Posted February 22, 2017

Le Pen reportedly returned to her vehicle and said that she had previously met with the Grand Mufti of Al-Azhar in Egypt without wearing a headscarf.

He blasted the "reckless mixing in media outlets and speeches between Islam and Muslims on one hand and terrorism on the other".

After meeting with her first head of state and other influential figures, Le Pen was apparently informed that a scheduled meeting with the Grand Mufti would require her to don some sort of scarf or other head covering in accordance with Muslim traditions.

Macron is tipped in many opinion polls to make it to the runoff instead of Fillon, who last November became the candidate of the conservative party, The Republicans.

"You can pass on my respects to the Grand Mufti, but I will not cover myself up", the National Front politician told reporters in Lebanon, according to Reuters.

The trip to Lebanon, planned to boost Le Pen's foreign policy credentials, included a visit to the grand mufti of Lebanon.

But Mrs May's spokesperson said this afternoon that she wouldn't agree to a similar meeting with right-winger Marine Le Pen.

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European stock markets were mixed Monday as investors reacted to the continued ebb and flow of merger news and politics returned to the fore with French election polls narrowing in favor of Marine Le Pen.

She reportedly added that she had met in the past with the grand mufti of Egypt's Al Azhar, one of the world's top Sunni clerics, without having to wear a veil.

"I was very happy to see that some academics and researchers in the United Kingdom, because of Brexit, are considering coming to France to work", he said.

Macron visited May at her Downing Street office and later met Britain's finance minister Philip Hammond, a public relations coup for the young ex-banker at a time when his campaign appears to be losing momentum.

There are 1.01 million Syrian refugees officially registered with the UNHCR in Lebanon, but the Lebanese government estimates the number to be much higher.

The prospect of the anti-euro Le Pen cutting through the melee to claim victory has pushed the spread between French 10-year bonds and similar-maturity German bunds to its widest in more than four years.