Marine Le Pen May Lose Parlaimentary Immunity
The French Ministry of Justice, pursuant to a complaint from the anti-racist lobby MRAP, has requested of the European Parliament that Marine Le Pen be stripped of her parliamentary immunity, which, among other things, protects her from political and private intimidation and guarantees her independence and freedom of expression. The accusation against her is that she incited to racial hatred two years ago in Lyon when she compared Muslim street prayers to the Nazi Occupation.
This communiqué from the Front National denounces the proposed measure:
The request to relieve Marine Le Pen of her parliamentary immunity following a complaint from an ethnic association about her remarks denouncing street prayers, even though the accusation was thrown out of court, reveals the fears of a system confronted by its first adversary.
Because she dared to describe and denounce illegal actions and a reality unacceptable in a Republic worthy of the name, Marine Le Pen is being prosecuted.
And, while we're at it, look at the surprising accusation - inciting to discrimination, to violence and to hatred toward a group of persons because of their religion. This suggests that the court is confusing fundamentalists who pray illegally in the street with the totality of Muslims of France.
Marine Le Pen has always clearly made this distinction, as have the French who, according to public opinion polls, support her statements by a great majority.
Moreover, this accusation legitimates the illegal conduct of a certain number of fundamentalists.
This trial will be an opportunity for our compatriots to realize that freedom of expression in our country has collapsed. It will also allow the question of excessive ethnic demands to be reexamined, demands which, like street prayers, continue to worsen without anybody except the Front National daring to talk about it.
Here are the words she uttered in December 2010 during the Front National convention in Lyon as reported by Le Salon Beige in the comment section:
"Fifteen years ago we had the veil, there were more and more veils. Then there was the burqa, there have been more and more burqas. And then prayers in public arteries (…) now there are ten or fifteen places where a certain number of people come regularly to seize territory."
"I'm sorry but, for those who like to talk about the Second World War, if you are talking about the Ocupation, we could talk about it right now. It's an occupation of strips of territory. Yes, there are no tanks, no soldiers, but it weighs on the inhabitants."
Note: We could correct her and say that there are indeed soldiers - the men praying in the streets of France are the soldiers of the invading army.