French Racist Politician Wants To Ban Sikh Turbans If Wins Elections

Marine Le Pen

PARIS, France—With the looming French election in less than a month, comments from one of the contenders, leave Sikhs stunned as she passively dismisses their existence.

Marine Le Pen, a French lawyer and politician, and most notably, head of the National Front, an ultra-right-wing party, was questioned about the Sikh turban by an American news channel interviewer – she responded that Sikhs would certainly not be allowed to wear the turban in public.

The interview by the CBS channel’s 60 Minutes show, revolved around Le Pen’s alarmingly prejudiced stances against the Muslim community in France.

She was asked directly if she would allow Sikhs to wear the turban, to which she delivered her unapologetic reply.

When asked if she would allow Muslim people to wear headscarves, Le Pen states, “No, I am opposed to wearing headscarves in public, that’s not France.”

In response to Anderson Cooper’s question if a Sikh person be allowed to wear a turban, Le Pen states, “No, not in public.  We don’t have a lot of Sikh people in France.  We don’t really hear much from them, or about them, which is good news.”

France is a country that has already banned the wearing of the dastar (turban) in all government buildings and schools since 2004. The Sikh community in France has faced a huge struggle as they campaigned to overturn the ban, with no international support.

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14 COMMENTS

  1. Yes it suited France to use Sikhs to fight for them in the World Wars – Perhaps this clown should read history.

  2. Was this same sort of ideology responsible for the catastrophic surrender of France to Nazi Germany in 1940?

  3. India stay away from these matters – you wake up! as this is you telling the Sikhs that they are nothing to do with India – well that says it all does not how your twisted minds work.

  4. Why the people fear from turban & beard? We always cover our head because we feel that we are always with God & this is blessing of our Guru.

  5. We need to reassure the FRENCH PEOPLE and FRANCE that we are their Friends and we will be loyal to France and love its people.

  6. We couldn’t assure Indian leaders by giving more than 80 percent sacrifices, politicians just play games they don’t care what is right or wrong.

  7. We need to emphasize to French people that we are their True Friends and will always stand by them .

  8. […] Sikhs have been particularly concerned because of the very real chance that Marine Le Pen – former president of far-right party the National Front – could be elected as the country’s president. Marine Le Pen has been open about furthering the ban on religious symbols from France’s schools to all public spaces, which she confirmed will impact Sikhs wearing the dastaar (turbans). […]

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