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Trial for Marine Le Pen over Muslim prayer comment

Published 22/09/2015 | 17:10

Marine Le Pen will stand trial over comments she made about Muslim street prayers.
Marine Le Pen will stand trial over comments she made about Muslim street prayers.

French far-right National Front party leader Marine Le Pen will stand trial over comments she made in 2010, comparing Muslim street prayers to an occupation of French territory.

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Party official Wallerand de Saint Just, Ms Le Pen's former lawyer and a ranking member of the party, confirmed the judicial decision to send Ms Le Pen to trial on charges of inciting racial hatred.

The party is known for its anti-immigration, anti-Islam views.

Mr Saint Just said it was a question of freedom of speech.

"Political leaders must be able to speak without being afraid of being taken before a judge," he said.

In July 2013, Ms Le Pen was stripped of her European Parliament immunity over the comments.

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