Marine Le Pen said at a rally of the anti-immigrant National Front that there were “ten to fifteen” places in France where Muslims regularly worshipped in the streets outside mosques (totally blocking pedestrian and vehicular traffic).
AFP–“For those who want to talk a lot about World War II, if it’s about occupation, then we could also talk about it (Muslim prayers in the streets), because that is occupation of territory,” she said at the gathering in Lyon.
“It is an occupation of sections of the territory, of districts in which religious laws apply. It’s an occupation,” she said at the rally that was part of her bid to take the party leadership when her father steps down in January.
“There are of course no tanks, there are no soldiers but it is nevertheless an occupation and it weighs heavily on local residents,” the 42-year-old noted.
Jean-Marie Le Pen, who has several convictions for racism, shocked Europe in 2002 by coming in second in the French presidential elections.
The French Council of the Muslim Faith (CFCM) said Saturday that Marine Le Pen’s comments were “insulting towards the Muslims of France” and were an “incitement to hatred and violence against them.” (One can only hope)
On Sunday, an anti-racist group said it planned to file a civil lawsuit against her. “Comparing Muslims to an army of occupation is humiliating. To be treated like invaders, like fascists, that is just not possible,” said Mouloud Aounit, head of the Movement Against Racism and for Friendship between Peoples (MRAP). (They ARE invaders and with their asses in the air all over the streets, they are even more offensive than guns)
Paris’ Goutte d’Or district, where mosques are so full on Fridays that many believers end up praying on the streets outside, is one of the ares that Le Pen was referring to in her Lyon speech.(That’s easy, send the Muslims back where they belong and don’t let anymore in)
Police in June banned a “pork sausage and wine” street party planned by extremist groups to combat what they saw as the “Islamisation” of the neighbourhood.
The plan sparked outrage from politicians and anti-racism groups who said it was blatantly racist and could lead to violence on the streets.(That’s the idea, morons, fight the Muslims where they pray, in the streets. They should at least be charged with littering)
That controversy came after a government-sponsored debate on national identity spotlighted anxieties about the integration of France’s five to six million Muslims. On Sunday locals in the Goutte d’Or district said they were well used to comments like Le Pen’s.
“Most Muslims feel threatened. They won’t leave us alone,” said a grocery store worker who gave his name as Hakim. (GOOD! Then LEAVE the country. You are not wanted there)
“With the cold and the dirt, we’d love to have a clean hall to pray in but we don’t have the choice,” said Walid Ben, who works in a fabric shop in the area.
“I understand that it bothers people (if Muslims pray in the streets) but what solution is Marine Le Pen proposing?” he asked. (I think you know what the solution is – au revoir)