French far-right leader says Egypt visit failed to change immigration view

The leader of France’s far right National Front party said on Sunday that a visit to Egypt to meet with the country’s religious and political leaders had no effect on her views on Arab and Muslim immigration to France. Since taking over from her father and becoming head of the National Front, Marine Le Pen has sought to rid the party of its anti-Semitic image and position it as an anti-immigrant, Eurosceptic force offering protectionist policies to shelter France from globalization. Le Pen arrived in Egypt last week for a meeting with the grand imam of Al Azhar, Sunni Islam’s highest authority, the pope of the Egyptian Coptic Church, and Prime Minister Ibrahim Mehleb.



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