French right-wing politician Marine Le Pen said she supports a ban on wearing kippot in public in addition to a ban on Muslim headscarves.
“Obviously, if the veil is banned, the kipah [should be] banned in public as well," the French daily Le Monde quoted Le Pen, leader of the National Front, as saying in an interview published on Friday.
Le Pen’s anti-immigrant, anti-Islamist party long has supported a ban on Muslim headscarves, niqabs and burkas. France’s minister of education, Vincent Peillon, said Le Pen “was fanning the flames of fundamentalism” with her statements. “She is the main fundamentalist,” he said.
The president of the Conference of European Rabbis, Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt, said Le Pen has, “once again, exposed herself as being unworthy of the mainstream French political space.