French President Francois Hollande admits France has “a problem with Islam” in an upcoming book.
Le Parisien published excerpts Wednesday from the upcoming book, “A President Should Not Say That.” The book is based on 61 private conversations Hollande had with two journalists over the years, and reveals a completely new tone on several issues.
Hollande, who considers himself a socialist, says France has a “problem with Islam,” and that there is too much unwanted immigration. He surprisingly agrees with the nationalist movement’s claims that Islam is reshaping the country’s identity.
“The veiled woman of today will become France’s Marianne [national icon] of tomorrow,” Hollande is quoted saying.
Marianne is a national symbol of the French Republic often portrayed with bare breasts. (RELATED: French PM: Bare Breasts, Not The Burqa, Represent The Republic)
Hollande’s former girlfriend further claims the president has referred to homeless people as “sans dents” (without teeth), which Hollande quickly dismissed as remarks taken out of context.
“I see people who come up to me during demonstrations, they are poor, they are toothless,” Hollande claims he said, according to BBC.
A poll released in July suggested that Hollande had a disapproval rating of 90 percent — the lowest a French president has ever achieved.
France will hold presidential elections next spring.
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