French Officials Probing Marine Le Pen for "Hate Speech" and Incitement Against Muslims for Tweeting Pictures of ISIS' Bloody Executions
From Ace of Spades:
France's interior minister asked judicial police on Wednesday to look into tweets by far-right leader Marine Le Pen of gruesome photos of executions by the Islamic State group - her response to a broadcast journalist broadly comparing her party to the organization.
Le Pen tweeted the photos after Jean-Jacques Bourdin, known for his brash style, said on BFM TV that her National Front party and IS both focus on identity, so share a "community of spirit."
"Daesh is THIS!" Le Pen said in angry tweets showing executions, using the Arabic acronym for the group.
But her effort to make a distinction between her anti-immigration party and the Islamic State group appears to have backfired.
Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve, asked about the tweets in parliament, told lawmakers he has taken the case to a section of the judicial police that deals with illicit content on the Internet so it can look into the matter "as it does each time these photos are diffused."
"They are propaganda photos of Daesh," Cazeneuve said. He called them "abject, an abomination and a veritable insult to all victims of terrorism."
Marine Le Pen baited Cazeneuve.
"What is it I risk by showing the reality of what ISIS is, for showing up the people who use ISIS as a comparison to the Front National?" she said.
Before adding: "Mister Cazenueve is going to put me into handcuffs for having condemned the fact that some are permitted to make a parallel [to] this criminal organization?"
"But as usual, people prefer to condemn those who condemn [terrorism] than those who commit [terrorism]," Marine Le Pen concluded.