France: Le Pen Charged for Tweeting About ISIS Crimes

“The crime is punishable by up to three years in prison.”

In yet another case of shooting the messenger when it comes to dealing with Islamic terrorism, Marine Le Pen, the leader of France’s right-wing Front National, has been charged by a French court for tweeting photos of atrocities committed by the Islamic State.

Le Pen, President Macron’s main challenger in the last year’s presidential election, could face up to three years in prison for posting photos of killings and beheadings carried out by the ISIS jihadis. Le Pen rejected the charges saying, “I am being charged for having condemned the horrors of Daesh [ISIS].”

Le Pen faces criminal investigation under a French law that forbids circulation of “violent messages that incite terrorism or pornography or seriously harm human dignity,” French media reported. The tweets in question date back to 2015 and have since been deleted.

Paris-based broadcaster France24 reported:

Marine Le Pen was charged on Thursday for posting on Twitter gruesome images of purported atrocities by Islamic State jihadists, prosecutors said.

The move by a judge in Nanterre, just outside Paris, came after the National Assembly voted in November to strip the National Front president of her parliamentary immunity over the three photos of IS violence posted in 2015.

Le Pen, who lost to Emmanuel Macron in last year's presidential vote, is facing charges of circulating "violent messages that incite terrorism or pornography or seriously harm human dignity" and that can be viewed by a minor.

The crime is punishable by up to three years in prison and a fine of 75,000 euros ($91,000).”

Previously, Le Pen was charged with “inciting hatred” for comparing Muslim street prayers to Nazi occupation. “I'm sorry, but for those who really like to talk about World War Two, if we're talking about occupation, we could talk about that [street prayers], because that is clearly an occupation of the territory. It is an occupation of sections of the territory, of neighborhoods in which religious law applies, it is an occupation. There are no tanks, there are no soldiers, but it is an occupation anyhow, and it weighs on people,” She said during the 2010 election campaign.

While Le Pen is made to feel the full force of the French legal system for daring to speak the truth about the genocidal crimes being committed by Islamists, it would be worth asking how the French state has been dealing with actual Islamic terrorists.

Last week, Prime Minister Edouard Philipp unveiled a huge taxpayer-funded initiative to ‘de-radicalize’ hardened Islamic terror sympathizers living in France.

“Sociologists and anti-terrorism specialists agree that a security response isn’t enough,” Prime Minister Edouard Philipp told media. “But in France and elsewhere there are good approaches to prevention and disengagement,” he assured.

To implement these ‘good approaches’ the government is “opening centers dedicated to reintegrating former radicals into society” including the returning ISIS terrorists, Radio France International confirmed. The project includes “investments in psychological care for the children of returning jihadists” and “reassign public servants that show signs of radicalization.”

How about preventing ISIS terrorist and their families from entering into France in the first place, or firing civil servants that “show signs of radicalization”?

When it comes to dealing with Islamists, the really tough or effective measures are not even considered. The tough approach is reserved for those who dare to challenge the French establishment’s fairytale narrative on Islamism.

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