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(photo credit: Charles Platiau/Reuters)
In 2010, Marine Le Pen, president of France’s National Front party, compared
Muslim prayers in the streets of Paris to the occupation of her country by
Germany during World War II. Now, this comparison may cost the European
Parliament member her parliamentary immunity.
The European Parliament’s
legal committee is expected to make a decision on June 11. A decision to strip
her immunity would then have to be presented for a vote by the full European
Parliament, a step that would be a mere formality, before being signed into law,
according to the BBC.
Behind this dramatic development is Christiane
Taubira, the French justice minister, who lodged a complaint against Le Pen for
“racial hatred incitement” after she made the comparison to the Nazi
Originally from French Guiana in South America, Taubira was
an outspoken, radical left-wing activist who battled against slavery and
campaigned for the independence of her territory, before President François
Hollande gave her the Justice portfolio after his electoral victory in May 2012.
More recently, she promoted the gay-marriage bill that recently went into
Separately, police imprisoned on Saturday the man who allegedly
supplied Mohammed Merah – the terrorist who in March 2012 killed three soldiers
and four Jews in southwest France – with at least two weapons, among them the
Uzi machine gun he used in the attacks. Fetha Malki, 30, was a friend of the
killer and is the third man to be charged in relation to the
Abdelkader Merah, Mohammed’s brother, and Mohamed Mounir
Meskine, who helped Merah steal the scooter he used in the attacks, have also
This latest arrest of Malki may prove to be “an important
step” in the investigation of the Merah affair, according to a police source.