French right-wing leader calls trial over Muslim remark ‘persecution’

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French National Front political party leader Marine Le Pen speaks to journalists as she leaves the courthouse in Lyon, France, October 20, 2015. France's far-right National Front party leader Marine Le Pen said she was the victim of "judicial persecution" as she went on trial on Tuesday for comparing Muslim street prayers to wartime Nazi occupation.    REUTERS/Emmanuel Foudrot

French National Front political party leader Marine Le Pen speaks to journalists as she leaves the courthouse in Lyon, France, October 20, 2015. France's far-right National Front party leader Marine Le Pen said she was the victim of "judicial persecution" as she went on trial on Tuesday for comparing Muslim street prayers to wartime Nazi occupation. REUTERS/Emmanuel Foudrot

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At a rally in 2010, Marine Le Pen likened Nazi occupation during World War II to Muslim street prayers "because that is clearly an occupation of the territory."