Terrifying news from France, where Marine Le Pen, leader of France’s National Front party, faces ‘thought crime’ criminal charges for “inciting racism”.
The French authorities opened a case against Mrs Le Pen in 2011 after she likened the sight of Muslims praying in the streets to the Nazi occupation of France…
The move clears the way for the French authorities to pursue a case against the leader, who steered her party to a record 18% showing in the first round of last year’s presidential election.
Mrs Le Pen made the remarks at a party rally in 2010 in the southern French town of Lyon.
She said that Muslims using the streets to pray because mosques were overflowing was an “occupation” of French territory.
Praying in the streets was banned in Paris in 2011 in response to growing far right protests.
Teachable moment: There is no other western country in the world with anything resembling a First Amendment right to free speech.