Updated February 10, 2021, 7:38 pm
- In 2015, the leader of the right-wing party “Rassemblement National” Marie Le Pen distributed several pictures of victims of the terrorist militia Islamic State on Twitter.
- Now the right-wing populist is on trial for it.
Because of the distribution of atrocious photos of the terrorist militia IS France stands Rechtspopulistin Marine Le Pen in court. It is a “political process,” Le Pen told the press before the hearing in Nanterre on Wednesday. The leader of the right-wing party “National Gathering” (formerly “Front National”) must cooperate with the rights politician Gilbert Collard, who also published a picture of violence, answer in court in the Paris suburb.
Le Pen had over at the end of 2015 Twitter several pictures of victims of the Terrorist militia Islamic State (IS) spread. One of them showed the bloodied and decapitated corpse of the US journalist James Foley.
The French judiciary then launched an investigation.
Images depicting violence as a criminal offense
The distribution of images depicting violence that violates human dignity is a criminal offense in France. If there is a risk that minors will see these pictures, they can be punished with a prison sentence of three years and a fine of 75,000 euros.
The presiding judge asked Le Pen during the meeting, according to the French news agency AFP, whether she was aware that a underage audience would likely see the tweets. “I really didn’t think about that. I thought about my freedom of expression and information,” the presidential candidate replied. With the publication, Le Pen responded, according to his own statements, to a TV show in which, from her point of view, a parallel was drawn between her then National Front Party and the IS. (dpa / fra)