Le Pen defends daughter's 'kippa ban' comments

French far-rightist says daughter called on Jews to remove yarmulkes in public to make ban on burkas easier to enforce.

October 4, 2012 04:07
1 minute read.
Boy looks at selection of kippot in shop

Boy wears Spider Man kippa 370. (photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem/The Jerusalem Post)


Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analysis from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief


Jean-Marie Le Pen, founder and former leader of the farright- wing French party National Front (FN), on Wednesday came to the defense of his daughter and current leader of the party, Marine Le Pen, who called for the prohibition in public of Muslim veils and Jewish kippot.

In an interview with AFP, Jean Marie Le Pen said his daughter initially had spoken to the daily Le Monde about the veils, and that the matter of skullcaps was raised only by her interviewer.

“She didn’t put the two subjects on the same ground,” he said. “She [just] demanded that Jews wearing a kippa make a patriotic gesture not to wear it in order to more easily enable a prohibition against the veil.”

The elder Le Pen explained that he saw veils and burkas as a type of warning about a trend.

“When people see in the street two burkas, then four burkas, eight, 16, they tell themselves that something is happening,” he said.

Le Pen, 84, has been honorary president of the FN since Marine became leader in 2011. He is also a European deputy and wishes to run again for the Euro Parliament in 2014.

His interview with AFP marked 40 years since the FN’s founding on October 5, 1972. It eventually became one of the most powerful political forces in France, challenging then-president Jacques Chirac in 2002 and earlier this year gaining close to 18 percent of the presidential vote in which president Nicolas Sarkozy lost to socialist challenger Francois Hollande.

Le Pen added that Sarkozy’s center-right UMP party lost because it had always refused to form an alliance with the FN. In an interview earlier this week with the extreme right-wing newspaper Minute, he accused the B’nai B’rith of having “imposed” this stance on the UMP.

When questioned about this during his interview with the AFP, he said he himself had not witnessed this firsthand.

“But it was said 10 times, 100 times,” he explained. “It is not a scoop. It is a plausible explanation. It was not denied.”

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

July 21, 2019
Jewish historian accuses three German MPs of countering anti-BDS act


Cookie Settings