Prominent French politician and lawyer Marine Le Pen has been criminally charged for anti-ISIS Tweets she sent in 2015.
Prosecutors have been investigating Le Pen over the Tweets, which depicted grisly physical cruelty carried out by the Islamic State (also known as ‘Daesh’) against their victims, including beheaded U.S. journalist, James Foley.
Le Pen captioned the images, “Daesh is this!” likely intending to expose the horrors of the terrorist group as they rampaged across the Middle East and carried out terrorist attacks in France and across the world.
“I am being charged for having condemned the horrors of Daesh,” Le Pen told AFP. “In other countries this would have earned me a medal.”
Le Pen faces charges of communicating “violent messages that incite terrorism or pornography or seriously harm human dignity that can be viewed by a minor.”
Safeguards that once protected Le Pen from such prosecution have been progressively dismantled, as the EU stripped her of parliamentary immunity in February of 2017, and the French National Assembly subsequently voted to do the same in November, indicating that both governmental bodies would like to see the powerful nationalist-populist heroine driven out of politics and perhaps even life as a free citizen.
“This only shows French citizens what the EU is, what the European Parliament is and that it’s all part of the system that wants to stop the French people’s candidate that I am,” she said of the EU’s decision at the time, which came in the midst of a heated presidential election in France, which she eventually lost to globalist favorite, Emmanuel Macron.
If convicted, Le Pen faces up to three years in prison and a fine of nearly $100,000.
“The European Union is a political structure built with the complicity of the right and the left and which is now a prison union,” Le Pen tweeted today.
Le Pen’s predicament highlights a free speech crisis sweeping the West – one from which even leading political figures are not immune.
In January, President Donald Trump shared a Tweet similar to Le Pen’s which depicted disturbing acts by Islamic supremacists, including a mob throwing a homosexual man off of a building.
The Tweet sparked an international meltdown and a rebuke from UK Prime Minister Theresa May, as the original post had been composed by ‘Britain First,’ an anti-Islam nationalist party.
Britain First leader Jayda Fransen herself has been charged and convicted for ‘speech crimes’ relating to non-violent demonstrations she has held in protest of the Islamization of the United Kingdom.
In virtually every mainstream media report regarding Le Pen, she is smeared as “far-right” – a weaponized term used to validate the silencing of anyone whose opinions fall into this ever-broadening and ill-defined category. Interestingly, these same journalists and outlets have yet to employee a reciprocal phrase – such as “far-left” – to describe proponents of fitting ideologies.
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