French women rebel against Muslim cultural dictates

NBC News:
Muslims preoccupy Jennifer Troin.

"I'm worried about my nieces having to wear the veil," said the soft-spoken 29-year-old.

This fear has helped propel the young mother to the far-right of the political spectrum ahead of key presidential elections Sunday — and into the arms of the hard-line National Front party.

Troin sells children's clothes at a store in Cogolin, a town of 11,000 a few miles from the jet-set resorts of the French Riviera. In 2014, Cogolin became one of a handful of communities nationwide to elect mayors from the National Front, which is also known by the acronym FN.
Image: Jennifer Troin, 29, is a sales assistant in a children's clothes store in Cogolin on April 13, 2017
Jennifer Troin, 29, is a sales assistant in a children's clothes store in Cogolin, France on April 13, 2017. Saphora Smith / for NBC News


Troin told NBC News that it wasn't just the FN's stance on Islam and immigration that attracted her, but also the party's populist take on the economy.

But most of all, it was the party's charismatic leader, Marine Le Pen, who captured Troin's loyalty.

"She fights for women's rights against Islam," she said. "I vote because of Marine."

Troin is part of a quiet army of female National Front supporters, who could well tip the balance of the election and give the presidency to the hard-right.
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The are rebelling against the cultural aggression of radical Islam which is trying to force its ancient codes on a modern world.  Even some Muslims are getting fed up with the attempts to enforce codes and customs of Islamic religious bigots.

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