Marine Le Pen Acquitted of Inciting Racial Hatred
Judges ruled France's National Front leader didn't 'explicitly' incite hatred
by Noemie Bisserbe
Wall Street Journal
December 15, 2015
PARIS—National Front leader Marine Le Pen was acquitted by a French court on Tuesday of inciting racial hatred in having compared Muslim street prayers with the Nazi occupation of France during World War II.
Judges ruled Ms. Le Pen didn't "explicitly" incite hatred, a court spokesman said.
The charge of incitement—a crime in France that carries a sentence of up to one year in prison and a maximum fine of €45,000 ($51,000)—stemmed from comments Ms. Le Pen made during a political rally in December 2010 in Lyon.
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