A decision by an EU parliament committee on Wednesday increased the prospect of France's far right leader, Marine le Pen, facing prosecution for previous remarks she made likening Islamic prayers to the Nazi occupation

The European Parliament's judicial committee on Wednesday gave its green light to the possible lifting of the immunity of far-right French MEP Marine Le Pen ahead of a vote in July.

In a closed-door hearing the committee agreed to a report proposing the lifting by 11 votes in favour, one against and four abstentions, opening the way to a vote in plenary session in the French city of Strasbourg on July 2.

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