Marine Le Pen is often viewed as the leading anti-Muslim politician and anti-immigrant fanatic in France and even Europe.
In a televised debate with French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin of President Emmanuel Macron’s centrist Forward party last month, she suddenly found herself defending Muslim rights while her opponent accused her of being “a little gentle” with the country’s largest religious minority to have . “You need to take some vitamins,” he said. “You are not tough enough here.”
Le Pen was stunned. “I can confirm that I do not intend to attack Islam, which is a religion like any other,” she said. “And because I hold fast to our French values, I want to preserve total religious freedom.”