Saturday, June 1, 2013

France's Le Pen could lose immunity over anti-Muslim remarks

French far-right leader Marine Le Pen could face charges over remarks comparing Muslims praying in the streets to the wartime Nazi occupation, after European lawmakers voted to strip her of parliamentary immunity.

The French justice ministry asked the European Parliament last year to waive Le Pen's immunity over the comments, made at a rally in 2010 before she took over leadership of the National Front party founded by her father, Jean-Marie.

The European Parliament's legal affairs committee voted in favor of lifting the immunity this week, officials said on Saturday, paving the way for a plenary vote later in the month.