Taroudant - French National Front party leader Marine Le Pen will appear in court for comparing Muslims’ public prayers to the Nazi occupation.
Taroudant – French National Front party leader Marine Le Pen will appear in court for comparing Muslims’ public prayers to the Nazi occupation.
Marine Le Pen, the leader of the French far-right National Front party, will appear on October 20 before court on charges of incitement of religious hatred after comparing Muslims praying on the street to the Nazi occupation.
The Prosecutor’s office in Lyon said on Tuesday that the leader of the French extreme right party was ordered to stand before trial on charges of “incitement to discrimination over people’s religious beliefs.”
The charges over which Le Pen is sued date back to 2010 when she was campaigning to become the President of the Front National, and compared the public prayer of the Muslim population of France to the Nazi occupation.
During her campaign Le Pen said, “I’m sorry, but for those who really like to talk about the second world war, if we’re talking about occupation, we can also talk about this while we’re at it, because this is an occupation of territory,” she told supporters, prompting waves of applause.
“It’s an occupation of swaths of territory, of areas in which religious laws apply … for sure, there are no tanks, no soldiers, but it’s an occupation all the same and it weighs on people,” she added.
Le Pen took to Twitter to express her indignation over the court hearing, saying “It is easier to prosecute those who denounce the illegal behavior of fundamentalist…than to prosecute the fundamentalism behaving illegally.”
On est plus prompt à poursuivre ceux qui dénoncent les comportements illégaux des fondamentalistes […] 1/2
— Marine Le Pen (@MLP_officiel) September 22, 2015
Asked on Tuesday about being summoned to appear in court on October 20, Le Pen told Agence France-Presse: “Of course, I’m not going to miss such an occasion.”
Later, she told Europe 1 it was “scandalous to be prosecuted for having a political opinion in the country of freedom of expression”.