Following the European Parliament's vote, the decision now goes to the EU's 28 member states.
It's the first time Article 7 has been triggered against a member state, just the start of a long process which could lead to Hungary's voting rights being suspended.
"But the reality of it is that, when it is in the european Parliament, it is a support of bonded labour in all the circumstances of the construction of a european federalist who seeks the demise of the nations", said on RTL Ms. Le Pen.
"They are now preparing revenge against Hungary because the Hungarians decided they will not become an immigration country", Orban said before arriving in Strasbourg.
Eventually, it would be up to the other 27 European Union states to decide on what to do with Hungary should the parliament's first-ever such vote pass.
"The hot potato is now in the hands of the EP and this is the first time that the EP has dealt with this topic; the last time, when it was about Poland, the procedure was launched by EC", Suica told N1 regional TV station.
But Hungarian government spokesman Zoltan Kovacs claimed in a tweet that the motion had failed because the overall vote did not receive the support of two-thirds present.
The report under consideration criticises his government's restrictions on the freedom of the media, academics and NGOs, its ill treatment of minority groups, refugees and asylum seekers, and its meddling with the judicial and electoral systems.
MEPs belonging to Italian former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi's party, Forza Italia, MEPs from the French Les Republican, Slovenian, Croatian, Slovak, Czech, Bulgarian deputies and several German MEPs from the Bavarian CSU voted against triggering Article 7 against Hungary, while only one MEP from Merkel's CDU stood by Orban.
Since sweeping to power in 2010, Orban, once a campaigner against Hungary's Soviet Communist overlords, has used his parliamentary majority to pressure courts, media and non-government groups in ways his opponents say breach European Union rules. The same procedure was launched by the European Commission against Poland in December 2017.
Far-right Dutch politician Geert Wilder on social media called the results a "bloody shame" and Orban "a hero who deserves the Nobel Prize".
In France, where President Emmanuel Macron is campaigning for next year's European elections in direct opposition to Orban, an Elysee source said the vote "was a good signal".
The European Parliament is discussing whether to activate the so-called Article 7 that could lead to sanctions against Hungary.
There is disquiet in the main center-right parliamentary group, the European People's Party (EPP), about his position, despite it including his Fidesz party.
Orban said his government had sent all the MEPs an 108-plus page rebuttal of Sargentini's "false" charges.
"You say no more than the Hungarian people cannot decide for themselves what is in their own interest. They made it clear that human rights, the rule of law and democratic values are not up for negotiation", said Berber Biala-Hettinga, Amnesty International's expert on human rights in the EU. Should the EPP move against it, Fidesz would be under huge pressure to leave the group. Today we have said that enough is enough.