Marine Le Pen, the leader of France's far-right National Front, went on trial Tuesday on charges of inciting hatred after comparing Muslim street prayers to the Nazi occupation.

The 47-year-old, who has won a string of election successes after working to soften the party's image, appeared in court over the comments she made while campaigning to take over the FN leadership from her father five years ago.

"I have committed no crime," said a smiling Le Pen as she entered the court in the southeastern city of Lyon.

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