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“Hate speech”

Marine Le Pen appears in court for allegedly inciting racial hatred

By WITW Staff on September 23, 2015

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.