French politician Marine Le Pen acquitted in hate speech trial


A court in Nanterre found the former presidential candidate and French far-right political star had not broken hate speech laws by publishing gruesome images on Islamist atrocities on Twitter. The charges stemmed from a tweet in late 2015. In the wake of Paris terror attacks, in which Islamists killed 130 people, Le Pen posted three images of atrocities committed by the so-called “Islamic State” (IS) terror militia. These included an image showing the beheaded body of US journalist James Foley, which Le Pen claimed highlighted what she said was the absurdity of comparisons of her far-right political party National Front — now called “National Rally” — to IS. Le Pen, who will likely face incumbent Emmanuel Macron in the 2022 French presidential election, called the charges “politically motivated.”

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