French far right leader on trial over Muslim prayer comments

French far-right leader Marine Le Pen is standing trial over comments she made five years ago comparing Muslim street prayers to a foreign occupation. Le Pen, whose National Front party is known for its anti-immigration and anti-Islam views, arrived in court on Tuesday to be judged on charges of inciting racial hatred in Lyon, where she’ll face four anti-racism and human rights organizations. “I have the right, as a political leader, to evoke a crucial issue and it’s even a duty for me to do it,” Marine Le Pen told reporters. Her popularity on the rise in France, Le Pen faces up to a year in prison and a fine of 45,000 euros ($51,000). The court’s ruling is expected to be set to a later date.



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