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Wednesday 23 August 2017

Le Pen cleared of charges linked to Muslim prayer comments

Marine Le Pen has been cleared over comments she made comparing Muslim street prayers to a foreign occupation
Marine Le Pen has been cleared over comments she made comparing Muslim street prayers to a foreign occupation

Marine Le Pen has been cleared of charges of incitement to hatred after comments she made five years ago comparing Muslim street prayers to a foreign occupation.

A French court acquitted the Far Right leader, as the prosecutor had requested, said lawyer David Dassa-Le Deist.

The ruling came two days after Ms Le Pen's anti-immigration National Front party gained a record number of votes in regional elections.

Four anti-racism associations had filed a complaint after Ms Le Pen said in a 2010 political meeting that Muslim street prayers could be compared to the Nazi occupation of France.

If convicted, Ms Le Pen faced up to a year in prison. Her father, Jean-Marie Le Pen, has been convicted several times of the same charge - but never imprisoned.

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