'Ostentatious religious signs' aren't welcome in French political ads, ruling party leader says

'Ostentatious religious signs' aren't welcome in French political ads, ruling party leader says

5/13/2021 7:00:00 AM

'Ostentatious religious signs' aren't welcome in French political ads, ruling party leader says

'We consider that ostentatious religious signs don't have their place on posters, whatever the religion,' said Stanislas Guerini, the leader of French President Emmanuel Macron's centrist LREM party.

Associated Pressreported.Ruling party leader Stanislas Guerini said that his party would not support Zemmahi, who is a quality engineer, after the party's previous backing of her. The advertisement for the June 20 and 27 elections showed Zemmahi and alongside another female and two male candidates under a slogan that said"Different But United For You," that showed they represent the"presidential majority."

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"We consider that ostentatious religious signs don't have their place on posters, whatever the religion," Guerini said to local radio stationTRL.Muslim headscarves are banned in French classrooms, but they are not prohibited from being worn in public or on campaign advertisements.

For more reporting from the Associated Press, see below.LREM's general delegate Stanislas Guerini arrives for a meeting of political parties on COVID-19 response with French Prime Minister Jean Castex, in Paris on October 21, 2020. Guerini said Tuesday that “ostentatious religious signs” such as Muslim headscarves are not welcome in political campaign advertisements. headtopics.com

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