Politics of France
French clerics are urging Catholics to vote according to church values that include welcoming refugees and supporting European unity. Election day in France is May 7.
France's National Front presidential candidate, Marine Le Pen, slammed Pope Francis for welcoming migrants and attacked the Catholic Church for meddling in French politics.
Two of the most interesting photo ops of France’s current presidential election campaign took place last month 2,000 miles away in Lebanon — and they were all about religious optics.
In one, the far-right leader Marine Le Pen called off a scheduled meeting with Grand Mufti Abdellatif Deriane just outside his Beirut office when the Muslim cleric’s staff insisted she don a headscarf before going in for the meeting.
With the video cameras rolling, she emphatically refused.
Despite support in rural and suburban areas, the head of the far-right, xenophobic National Front faces more challenges than Trump or Brexit — including her even more extremist niece.