French Far-Right Leader Loses Parliamentary Immunity

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PARIS -- The European Parliament voted on Tuesday to lift parliamentary immunity for Marine Le Pen, the leader of the French National Front, a far-right party, which will allow prosecutors in Lyon to proceed against her on charges of violating laws against racial hatred.

In December 2010, she compared crowds of Muslims praying in the streets of French cities to the Nazi occupation. Ms. Le Pen, a member of the European Parliament, was present for the vote in Strasbourg and criticized it as a violation of free speech. "I am a political adversary who is more dangerous than the others because of my results in the polls," she said. "I will now defend myself in court, and I am absolutely convinced that it will rule in my favor and defend my right to tell the French the truth about the situation."

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This article originally appeared in The New York Times.


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