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Le Pen cleared of charges linked to Muslim prayer comments

Marine Le Pen has been cleared of charges of incitement to hatred after comments she made five years ago comparing Muslim street prayers to a foreign occupation.

A French court acquitted the Far Right leader, as the prosecutor had requested, said lawyer David Dassa-Le Deist.

The ruling came two days after Ms Le Pen's anti-immigration National Front party gained a record number of votes in regional elections.

Four anti-racism associations had filed a complaint after Ms Le Pen said in a 2010 political meeting that Muslim street prayers could be compared to the Nazi occupation of France.

If convicted, Ms Le Pen faced up to a year in prison. Her father, Jean-Marie Le Pen, has been convicted several times of the same charge - but never imprisoned.

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