Marianne is France’s national icon and a symbol of its values of liberty, egality and fraternity.
But his comment on the wild-haired, bare-breasted Marianne angered scores of hardline politicians, who bitterly condemned the leader’s words via social media this morning.
President Hollande has admitted ‘France has a problem with Islam’ and warned that the country’s national symbol will one day be a woman in a burka
- Hollande said France ‘has a problem with Islam’ in a private conversation
- Said ethnic minority footballers are ‘guys from the estates without values’
- Conversation contained in book called ‘A President Should Not Say That…’