Le Pen was campaigning in Lyon in December 2010 when she complained about Muslims worshipping in the streets outside mosques. Back then, Le Pen referred to it as ‘the occupation of territory’. ‘Sure, there are no armored vehicles, no soldiers, but it is an occupation nonetheless and it weighs on residents,’ said the French politician.

A first hearing in Le Pen case is to be held at the Correctional Court of Lyon on October 20, reports AFP citing its court sources.

The French National Front party is notorious for its anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant rhetoric.

This is not the first time the French ultra right party has been involved in a scandal like this. It is also known for supporting unrecognized republics of the LPR and DPR in eastern Ukraine and maintaining close ties with the Russian Federation.