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The Hungarian cover of a novel by controversial French author Michel Houellebecq has caused an uproar in the French press. The novel is about an imaginary scenario which sees the Muslim Brotherhood winning French elections and introducing the Islamic legal system in the country, while France looks on in practical paralysis.

The controversial novel has been translated into Hungarian and features an image of a burqa-clad Mona Lisa on its cover, an allegory of the "clash" between the Western and Islamic civilisations. The Hungarian cover is now at the centre of controversy itself, with an article in the French newspaper Le Nouvel Observateur claiming that it is the manifestation of radical nationalism and xenophobia, adding that the book was published in France with a nondescript, cream-coloured cover. The article's author writes that the cover courts the far-right and "must appeal greatly to Viktor Orbán's supporters".


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