“Hate speech”

Marine Le Pen appears in court for allegedly inciting racial hatred

(Pierre Terdjman/The New York Times)

Marine Le Pen, one of France’s most popular politicians and president of the far-right Front National is facing charges of inciting racial hatred, after she compared Muslims who were praying in the streets because of a lack of mosques to the Nazi occupation. She made the comments during a party rally in 2010, which led to several complaints by anti-racist organizations. It took until September 2014, after her parliamentary immunity was lifted, for a prosecutor to announce that she would face a judge for the allegations. She will be summoned in court on October 20, and told Agence France-Presse she would “not miss such an occasion.” She later told Europe 1 that it was “scandalous to be prosecuted for having a political opinion in the country of freedom of expression”. If she would indeed get convicted for inciting racial hatred, she could face up to a year in prison and a €45,000 fine (about $50,000).

Read the full story at the The Guardian.

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