Le Pen Charges Over Posting ISIS Pics are Scandal Frances Values Falsified
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France’s best-known populist politician has expressed her utmost outrage at the outcome of prosecution that she was subjected to following her loss of political immunity.
“There has been a total shift to falsified values in France, so I will personally view these charges as a medal, a reward,” Marine Le Pen, the leader of France’s right-wing populist Front National, told France 3, a television channel.
Le Pen has been indicted for posting photos on Twitter reportedly showing violent and gruesome acts committed by Daesh militants. She is facing charges of circulating “violent messages that incite terrorism or pornography or seriously harm human dignity,” international media reported last week.
Le Pen wrote “Daesh is THIS” below the posted images. One of them showed the body of American journalist James Foley, who was executed by extremists; the picture was deleted from the account after Foley’s family weighed in and slammed the post. Another picture featured a man being burned alive.
Le Pen pointed out to the news agency AFP that in other countries the move “would have earned me a medal.” She added that the charges she was facing are “a scandal.”
“One needs to denounce Islamists, to show what they are doing.”
“While I am facing charges, the Daesh chief is showing off on social networks. We are acting against common sense,” the politician underscored.
Le Pen recollected that French authorities supported radical movements in Syria several years ago and called for them not to repeat old mistakes.
“I remember the time when Laurent Fabius (France’s Foreign Minister in 2012-2016) stated that al-Nusra (Al Qaeda’s branch in Syria) are nice guys. At that time, we were backing Syrian Islamists.”
Le Pen expressed certainty that a media war had been waged against her, though she emphasized her intention to continue her fight for France and the French, despite everything.
If found guilty, the French politician, who lost her parliamentary immunity a year ago, thus becoming targeted in prosecutions over three year-old tweets, will face three years in jail as well as a €75,000 fine (about $92,000).
In France’s latest presidential election, Le Pen lost to Emmanuel Macron. She made the Twitter posts denouncing militants’ acts of horror several weeks after the Paris terror attacks in November 2015, which took the lives of a staggering 129 people.