France: Le Pen goes on trial over Mus­lim re­marks

Daily Trust - - INTERNATIONAL -

French Na­tional Front leader Marine Le Pen has ap­peared in court in Lyon, to an­swer charges of in­cit­ing racial ha­tred, for com­par­ing Mus­lims pray­ing in the street to the Nazi oc­cu­pa­tion.

She made the com­ments at a rally in the city in 2010 when she was fight­ing for the lead­er­ship of the party.

Ms Le Pen in­sisted on Tues­day she did not com­mit any of­fence.

And the pros­e­cu­tor called for her ac­quit­tal, say­ing she was not re­fer­ring to the whole Mus­lim com­mu­nity.

The Na­tional Front (FN) leader had only spo­ken about a spe­cific num­ber of peo­ple and was ex­er­cis­ing her free­dom of speech, Bernard Rey­naud told the court.

Ms Le Pen’s an­ti­im­mi­gra­tion and an­tiEU mes­sage is at­tract­ing in­creas­ing sup­port in France and her party is hop­ing to win two French re­gions in De­cem­ber lo­cal elec­tions.

Uber driver Ku­mar Ya­dav (cen­tre) was found guilty of rape, kid­nap and crim­i­nal in­tim­i­da­tion

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