A European Parliament committee this week voted to lift the immunity of French MEP Marine Le Pen, head of the far-right Front National party, a parliament spokesman said Saturday, as France seeks to prosecute her over remarks likening Islamic prayers to the Nazi occupation.

The closed-door vote by the judicial affairs committee was a simple recommendation to parliament, which will make a definitive decision on June 11, according to spokesman Jaume Duch, confirming a report by the BBC.

A source close to the matter said the committee vote was "very unfavourable" toward Le Pen.

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