World Bulletin / News Desk
The leader of France‘s far-right National Front (FN) party stepped up her offensive against Islam Friday, calling for a public ban on the Muslim headscarf.
Marine Le Pen‘s remarks in an interview with Le Monde newspaper come amidst tensions in the Muslim world over an anti-Islam film and French cartoons insulting to Prophet Mohammed.
Le Pen had been calling for a ban on religious symbols in public administrations but left open whether it should extend to public transport and not discussed a ban in the street.
Asked if a ban would include the Jewish kippa, she said: "Obviously if we ban the veil, we would ban the kippa in public places."
Religious symbols are currently banned only in state schools. A separate law bans the Muslim face veil in public places.
Le Pen came third in this year‘s presidential elections on an anti-immigrant platform.
Various polls show Spaniards divided if the country should join bombing ISIL
Earlier Berlin offered France Tornado reconnaissance jets, a naval frigate, aerial refuelling and satellite images in the fight against the ISIL group
Pentagon says Russia does not share flight information with U.S.-led coaliton in Syria
Two UN peacekeepers and two civilians died in ambush claimed by Ansar-ud Din insurgents
Turkish Embassy calls on Russian authorities to cease targeting Turkish citizens
Protestors across UK call on government not to repeat 'mistake' of Iraq war
Activists urge South African government to reduce carbon emissions ahead of COP21 in Paris
Sanctions include ban on Turkish goods and suspension of visa-free regime for Turkish nationals
The army in Macedonia has begun erecting a metal fence on Saturday on the country's southern border with Greece
Kenyan police have accused two Iranian trained suspects of planning attacks on schools and foreigners in Nairobi
Israel has been using Dutch dogs to terrorize Palestinian civilians - including children - and have been exporting them from the Netherlands for the past 20 years.
French President François Hollande has appealed to British MPs to bomb ISIL despite protests against the air strikes campaign in the UK and Spain on Saturday.
Hervé Falciani sentenced in absentia for his role in the financial espionage that was the biggest leak in financial banking history
Defense Minister Tinatin Khidasheli describes Turkey as an 'important and respected partner and player in today's world'
Two UN peacekeepers and a civilian contractor were killed in the attack in Kidal, officials said.