Thursday, October 22, 2015

Conservative French leader should have 'inciting hatred' charges dropped because her comments comparing Muslims to Nazi occupation are protected by freedom of expression, say prosecutors

Freedom of expression in France?  A novel idea.  Le Pen senior and Brigitte Bardot have often been penalized in France for condemning Islam.  Are the French getting tired of defending Muslims?

Marine Le Pen should have her 'inciting hatred' charges dropped - because her comments comparing Muslim street prayers to Nazi occupation are protected by freedom of expression, prosecutors said today.

The leader of France’s far-right Front National - who could face a year in jail - was in combative mood as she told Lyon Correctional Court: ‘I’ve committed no crime. I’m an honest woman.’

It was in the same south-eastern city in 2010 that Le Pen, 47, evoked the Nazi Occupation while referring to Muslim street prayers.

She said at the time: ‘For those who like to talk about World War Two, to talk about occupation, we could talk about, for once, the occupation of our territory. It is an occupation of part of the territory, suburbs where religious law is applied.

'Sure, there are no armoured vehicles, no soldiers, but it is an occupation nonetheless and it weighs on residents.’

The recorded comments were the main evidence against the Front National leader as she was accused of ‘provocation through discrimination, showing violence or hate towards a group of people because of their religion’.

But prosecutor Bernard Reynaud argued that Le Pen should be acquitted because ‘her views did not target the whole Muslim community’. Mr Reynaud said that her views were ‘shocking’ but they ‘amounted to freedom of expression’.

It will be up to judges to decide the verdict in the case, and not the prosecutor.



Anonymous said...

Her views are not "shocking", they are true. Muslims think that they can do whatever they please without regard for the rights of others.

Anonymous said...

Islam hides under the protection that a "religion" gives, but of course it's not so much a religion as an aggressively political/social movement. Terms come to mind like "wolf in sheep's clothing", "cuckoo in the nest", "vipers in the nest" and not least "Fifth Column"!

Bird of Paradise said...

Wheres all those liberals with their Coexists bumper stickers?

stinky said...

"Freedom of expression in France? A novel idea."

Novels are fiction; this is France.

Alpha Skua said...

The french chickens easing itself closer and closer to the cooking pot of multiculteral armagedon

Anonymous said...

France must have the weirdest law system in the world if prosecutors can't drop the charges against her. Blood glad I don't live there. The muslims are welcome to it if the French want to surrender AGAIN.