The European Parliament voted on Tuesday to lift the parliamentary immunity of French far-right MEP Marine Le Pen.
The removal of her immunity follows a request from French prosecutors who have opened a case against Le Pen, after she compared Muslims praying in the streets to the Nazi occupation of France.
She made the remarks in a speech on December 10 2010 in Lyon, while she was campaigning for the leadership of the National Front (FN).
Marine Le Pen was elected to the European Parliament in 2004. The lifting of her parliamentary immunity could lead to an indictment for “inciting racial hatred”.
Yesterday, Monday, July 1, on the set of a French news channel, she said: “I have dared to say what all French people think, that is to say prayers in the street – and they continue to take place on French territory – are an occupation.”