The right-wing leader in France, Marie Le Pen, has demanded a ban on the wearing of Muslim hats everywhere. After raising this demand, his popularity has increased rapidly. Opinion polls now show him receiving equal support from President Emmanuel Macron. France is going to have a presidential election after just 15 months. In view of this, the trend seen there is considered important.
Le Pen said in a press conference last Friday that in my opinion the hat is an Islamic garment. He demanded a ban on Islamic ideas. He said that this ideology is “totalitarian and murderous”. Le Pen was commanded by France’s main right-wing party from his father.
She has contested presidential elections twice since then. In the second round of elections in 2017, he had a direct fight with Macron. She had lost them by a huge margin, but it was a big success to reach the second round. Due to the support they are seeing now, it is being speculated here that whether an anti-European Union and anti-immigrant leader is going to become the President of France.
Le Pen has been a supporter of former US President Donald Trump and his thinking. He was disappointed by Trump’s defeat. But now in France he himself is being told to be on the verge of becoming president. In a survey of an agency called Harris Interactive, Le Pen was reported to have the support of 48 percent of voters. Macros have been shown to get 52 percent support. Le Pen said in the press conference – This survey is a mirror of the moment. It says that my chances of winning are reliable.
France is currently troubled by a corona virus infection. Macro’s popularity has fallen due to this epidemic. Le Pen seems to be taking advantage of this. French political scientist Jean Yves, an expert on extreme right-wing politics, told TV channel Al Jazeera that the support Le Pen has been seeing is at the highest level for him.
But based on this, it is too early to make any guesses about the election result from now. Yves said that Le Pen is benefiting from the epidemic and discontent created by the third lockdown.
They are also benefiting from the murder of a school teacher last October. Le Pen’s party already has an anti-Islamic identity. So she is taking advantage of the atmosphere created after that murder. A teacher named Samuel Patty was murdered in Paris. Patty showed her students a cartoon about Prophet Mohammed. Angered by this, an 18-year-old student attacked him in a street. This had rekindled anti-Muslim sentiments in France. Following this incident, the Macron government banned many Islamic organizations and banned foreign donations from Islamic organizations.
Political scientist Alan Duhamel told a French news channel that it was considered impossible to win the election of Le Pen three and a half years ago. Even today I am not saying that this is going to happen, but it seems possible.