No Free Speech in France: French Leader Could Face Trial for Slamming Islam

Published on June 21, 2013

Screen Shot 2013-06-21 at 9.29.03 AMFrench extreme right-wing leader Marine Le Pen faces potential prosecution for branding Muslims in France as ‘like a Nazi occupation’.

The National Front chief risks being put on trial after members of the European Parliament’s judicial committee in Brussels voted to lift her legal immunity as an MEP.

Ms Le Pen sparked uproar among in France after a speech at a party rally in December 2012 when she denounced Muslims praying in the street in areas where there are no mosques.

France has a population of around five million Muslims, the highest of any European country.

Le Pen told supporters: ‘For those who like to talk about World War II, to talk about occupation, we could talk about, for once, the occupation of our territory.

‘There are no armoured vehicles, no soldiers, but it is an occupation all the same and it weighs on people.’

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