Future French candidates in waiting
H/T: Baron Bodissey
(ANSAmed) – PARIS, FEBRUARY 4 – The presence of a Muslim woman who wears the veil in an electoral list of the extreme left, the Nouveau Parti Anticapitaliste (NPA), for the regional elections in March has unleashed a storm of controversy in France.
There are voices from the right and from the left against the candidature of Ilhan Moussaid in the Vaucluse region (south east). The socialists oppose the candidature in the name of man-woman equality, whereas the veil is a distinguishing mark.
The secretary of the party, Martine Aubry, has already said that she would never have accepted a veiled woman in the party’s lists. Comments were also made by the governing right party, the UMP, who talks of provocation.
NPA leader, Olivier Besancenot, has responded to the disputes by today denouncing the sickening and Islamaphobic climate that exists in France and which is becoming unbearable.