France Politics: Marine Le Pen, leader of the French National Racist Front, loses her parliamentary immunity / Breaking News
The European Parliament has lifted the immunity of French far-right politician Marine Le Pen, which could lead to her prosecution for comparing Muslim immigration to the Nazi occupation of France.
She was charged with inciting racial hatred for comparing Muslim street prayers to Nazi Germany’s occupation of France. Three years ago, a Lyon court requested the lifting of his immunity. A majority of parliamentarians voted in favor of ratifying the decision.
A public trial in France would be a setback for the Front National (FN), a far-right party led by Le Pen. The movement’s popularity has grown since the last election and it hoped to take over the ruling Socialist Party and the ruling right in local elections and the European Parliament next year.
The request came from the Lyon prosecutor’s office, where in December 2010, Ms. Pen told FN supporters in a speech that Muslims’ view of prayer was similar to that of Nazi soldiers occupying France between 1940 and 1944.
His speech, which was broadcast by the French media, said that France was seeing “more and more veils and burqas, after that came to pray in the streets, I’m sorry but some people like to talk about the Seconde a lot. World War and the occupation, so let’s talk about the occupation, because that’s what’s happening here, there are no tanks or soldiers, but it’s still an occupation and it weighs on the people. people.
Speaking to broadcaster LCI on Tuesday, she said she would lose her parliamentary immunity “because I’m a dissenter,” adding: “I’m not afraid of it at all, I despise it.”
Marine Le Pen is known for her tough stance on immigration issues. She believes that more stringent measures must be taken to ensure France’s success as a nation as it finds a balance between manual and intellectual work.
She says that certain dissuasive measures are in order that from the moment immigrants no longer have an interest in coming to France, they stop.
“Today, there are even illegal immigrants who benefit from more social assistance than some French citizens cannot obtain”, she declared on the media SophieCo.
In 2011, France became the first EU country to ban the wearing of the niqab, an Islamic veil covering the face for women, and praying in the streets was banned in Paris due to growing far-right protests. .
Ms Le Pen won 17.9% of the vote in the first round of the French presidential election last year.
As rising unemployment in France fuels the spread of its Eurosceptic anti-immigrant views, the European side is gaining support at the expense of Holland’s socialists.
A poll carried out by YouGov in June showed that the FN could win up to 18% of the vote in the European elections of May 2014. By comparison, when Le Len won his seat in the European Parliament in 2009 in the North West region of France, his party obtained only 6.3% of the vote.
Another online poll carried out in May by L’Internaute places her third among the most popular politicians in France, one position behind former President Nicolas Sarkozy and 24 places ahead of current President Hollande.
If found guilty, she faces a maximum sentence of one year in prison and a fine of 45,000 euros.
His father Jean Marie Le Pen founded the French National Front and was stripped of his legal immunity as a French MEP for denial in 1998 and was convicted on a similar charge.