David Frum

09.24.12

Even the French Must Combat Illiberalism

Unsurprisingly disturbing news from France's far-right reactionary leader, Marine Le Pen.

Marine Le Pen, who placed third in the French presidential elections in May, called for a ban on kippot and headscarfs in public. In an interview on Friday with Le Monde, the daughter of the infamous French politician Jean-Marie Le Pen (who wasn’t nearly as adept at masking his anti-Semitism) said that she believes that religious headwear should be banned in places like stores, public transportation, and on the streets.

Here's to hoping there's a powerful pushback against Le Pen's suggestions.