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France's Le Pen refuses headscarf to meet Lebanon's mufti

  • French far right leader and presidential candidate Marine Le Pen smiles as she leaves the foreign ministry building after she met with Lebanese foreign minister Gibran Bassil, in Beirut, Lebanon, Monday, Feb. 20, 2017. Le Pen has met with the president of Lebanon, saying their two countries should be "pillars" in organizing the fight against Islamic fundamentalism. Le Pen's National Front party claims Muslim immigration to France boosts terror risks, costs jobs and drains the nation's treasury. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

    French far right leader and presidential candidate Marine Le Pen smiles as she leaves the foreign ministry building after she met with Lebanese foreign minister Gibran Bassil, in Beirut, Lebanon, Monday, Feb. 20, 2017. Le Pen has met with the president of Lebanon, saying their two countries should be "pillars" in organizing the fight against Islamic fundamentalism. Le Pen's National Front party claims Muslim immigration to France boosts terror risks, costs jobs and drains the nation's treasury. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)  (The Associated Press)

  • Lebanese Foreign Minister Gibran Bassil, left, meets with far-right French leader and presidential candidate Marine Le Pen, right, in Beirut, Lebanon, Monday, Feb. 20, 2017. Le Pen has arrived in Beirut to meet with the Lebanese head of state and leading Christian figures. The National Front leader is hoping to burnish her credentials as a defender of Christians in the Middle East, ahead of France's April 23 presidential elections. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

    Lebanese Foreign Minister Gibran Bassil, left, meets with far-right French leader and presidential candidate Marine Le Pen, right, in Beirut, Lebanon, Monday, Feb. 20, 2017. Le Pen has arrived in Beirut to meet with the Lebanese head of state and leading Christian figures. The National Front leader is hoping to burnish her credentials as a defender of Christians in the Middle East, ahead of France's April 23 presidential elections. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this photo released by Lebanon's official government photographer Dalati Nohra, French far-right leader and presidential candidate Marine Le Pen, left, shakes hands with Lebanese President Michel Aoun, at the presidential palace, in Baabda, east Beirut, Lebanon, Monday, Feb. 20, 2017. Le Pen has arrived in Beirut to meet with the Lebanese head of state and leading Christian figures. The National Front leader is hoping to burnish her credentials as a defender of Christians in the Middle East, ahead of France's April 23 presidential elections. (Dalati Nohra via AP)

    In this photo released by Lebanon's official government photographer Dalati Nohra, French far-right leader and presidential candidate Marine Le Pen, left, shakes hands with Lebanese President Michel Aoun, at the presidential palace, in Baabda, east Beirut, Lebanon, Monday, Feb. 20, 2017. Le Pen has arrived in Beirut to meet with the Lebanese head of state and leading Christian figures. The National Front leader is hoping to burnish her credentials as a defender of Christians in the Middle East, ahead of France's April 23 presidential elections. (Dalati Nohra via AP)  (The Associated Press)

France's far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen has refused to go into a meeting with Lebanon's grand mufti after his aides asked her to wear a headscarf.

Le Pen is on a three-day visit to Lebanon this week and has met senior officials. She was scheduled to meet Grand Sunni Muslim Mufti Sheikh Abdel-Latif Derian on Tuesday morning.

Shortly after she arrived at his office, one of his aides tried to give her a headscarf to put on.

She refused. Le Pen said she had met in the past with the grand mufti of Egypt's Al-Azhar, one of the world's top Sunni clerics, without wearing a veil.

Once she was told that customs are different in Lebanon, Le Pen walked toward her car and left.