Did Jean-Luc Melenchon find the veil “obscene” in 2010, as Marine Le Pen asserts?

According to Marine Le Pen, Jean-Luc Melenchon declared in 2010 in “We Don’t Lie” that “the veil is an abhorrent and obscene practice.” But during this program, Jean-Luc Melenchon spoke privately about the full veil.

Marine Le Pen was a guest this Tuesday morning, “the candidate who faces 7/9” in France Inter. © Radio France / France Inter

Marine Le Pen wants to ban headscarves in publicUnder penalty of a fine. In France Inter, the candidate of the National Rally, on Tuesday morning, justified this proposal by the fact that, according to her opinion, the headscarf “isolates and appoints those who do not wear it and are subject to attack and pressure.”

The candidate who qualified for the second round of the presidential elections on Sunday also confirmed that “People on this topic have changed their minds‘, targeting Jean-Luc Mélenchon in particular: In 2010, I found notes in ‘On n’est pas laid’, where he said ‘the veil is a hateful and obscene practice’. I don’t go that far, I found the comment to be excessive. To be stolen from a man’s eyes. That is what Jean-Luc Melenchon said twelve years ago.”

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The start of a debate on the veiled candidate for the New People’s Army

On April 24, 2010, Jean-Luc Melenchon, then-Member of the European Parliament and head of the Left Party, was already invited to the “On n’est pas couche” program in France 2. The elected representative was then questioned about the differences between his party with the New Anti-Capitalist Party (NPA). ), especially with regard to the fact that the latter proposed a veiled candidate on his list of regionals (min. 17). A controversial nomination then.

“Don’t do that [le NPA, ndlr] Let’s not judge too quickly because I think this story turned against them.”Jean-Luc Melenchon begins. The Trotskyists of the LCR [Ligue communiste révolutionnaire, NDLR] They have for years been the most determined feminist, and at one point it was only left of them to continue to lead the fight”he is referring to.

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Then a discussion about the burqa

Then the debate descends on the subject of the burqa specifically, as work is underway on a bill banning this full veil. Then Jean-Luc Melenchon was invited to present his post.On the burqa.”MEP answers.

In this country we will live together and not be put up with ghosts walking in the street that prevent us from looking at them.

“I consider it a humiliating treatment and I consider it a provocation by a certain number of fundamentalist circles against the Republic, and consequently the Republic has won and will win again: it will be outlawed.Jean-Luc Melenchon continues.And we will do this not only to prevent the absurdity which consists in accepting the idea that a woman regards her as a stake, a toy, that a man can only look upon with the eye of a predator. And secondly, because this burqa is obscene, it is based on the idea that men are just predators.”

Then Jean-Luc Melenchon is asked about the women who “Wear a burqa voluntarily.” I give them the following indication: In the French Republic, men and women are equal. I have the right to look you in the eyes.”, he answers. “In this country we will live together and not wander with ghosts who walk in the street and prevent us from looking at them.

Tricky site on the left

Contrary to what Marine Le Pen points out, in this program, Therefore, Jean-Luc Melenchon does not talk about the veil when it provokes obscenity, but rather about the complete veil. : “This burqa story is a fairy tale.”, as he specifically says. He also explains his position on full veiling in a blog note from the same period:Why is wearing the full veil considered degrading treatment for women? First because it is obscene. It reduces the wearer to the sole position of potential sexual prey.

however, The question of wearing the headscarf in general at the time was a thorny debate for the left. And Jean-Luc Mélenchon, as a so-called secularist, always kept away from religions, worshiping secularism and the 1905 law. It took him a long time to learn his position on Islam.

On the veiled candidate of the NPA, Jean-Luc Melenchon described in Marianne “An immature and slightly promoted attitude.” You can’t call yourself a feminist by showing a sign of patriarchal submission“, It is to explain. “At the moment, one feels that people are getting ahead of stigmatization: they stigmatize themselves – because what wears a headscarf if not stigmatizes themselves – and then complain about the stigmatization they feel victims of. Furthermore, a guest in 2017 on “L’Émission politique” on France 2, described the veil as “A piece of cloth on the head“.

A position that has since changed. In November 2019, Insum signed a column in Liberation, saying “Stop Islamophobia”, before participating in a demonstration “against the stigmatization of Muslims in France”. The signatories in this forum in particular denounced “freedom killing laws” that target Muslims. Faced with the protest against the use of the term “Islamophobia”, Jean-Luc Melenchon then had to justify himself and explained that “The Senate voted to ban the headscarf“For the mothers accompanying the school and “State of Emergency Law”Today he also opposes the ban on wearing the headscarf at the university.

Jean-Luc Melenchon now considers Islamophobia to be a double punishment for Muslims who already suffer most from economic insecurity. His method of resolving this contradiction, as a good Marxist, is to resort to the concept of “creole”, which was borrowed by Edward Glisson.

Hijab, “an ideological mark that I intend to fight with the greatest ferocity”

This Tuesday at France Inter, Marine Le Pen also said of Jean-Luc Mélenchon’s words: “I wouldn’t go that far, I found the statements to be excessive.” But during the “Candidates and Youth” program on February 22 on France Inter, the candidate for the National Rally described wearing the headscarf as “female subordination elementHe did not hesitate to go so far as to say:I think it is a sign of an ideology that I intend to fight with the most ferocity, which is Islamism, which is not a religion, and it is a totalitarian ideology (…) I think it’s as dangerous as Nazism.”She confirmed, booed.

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