Marine Le Pen ordered by French court to undergo psychiatric test over anti-Islam tweets
LE PEN DEEMED POSSIBLY MAD TO RESIST ISLAM
Andrew Bolt, Herald Sun
The French far-right leader Marine Le Pen has refused to undergo court-ordered psychiatric tests for posting pictures on social media of Islamic State atrocities.
Le Pen is correct in damning her state presecutors as malevolent and dangerously overpowerful:
She later argued on BFM TV, a French 24-hour news broadcaster, that totalitarian regimes use such methods against opponents to “make them look like they’re crazy”. She told reporters she would skip the test. “I’d like to see how the judge would try and force me do it,” she said.
And they are so dishonest:
The 50-year-old leader of the Rassemblement National (National Rally) party, formerly known as the Front National, is under investigation for “distributing violent images” in December 2015.
She shared the images – including pictures of the killing of the American reporter James Foley – a few weeks after jihadists killed 130 people in attacks in Paris in November 2015.
Le Pen’s immunity as a lawmaker was lifted in order for her to face prosecution in France for posting images considered to “incite terrorism or pornography or seriously harm human dignity”.
She is accused of “inciting terrorism”? By actually exposing its horror and the deceit of those trying to relativise it away?:
Le Pen has argued that she shared the images in response to a French journalist who drew a comparison between IS and her party.
The tyranny of the “tolerant”. And you are deemed mad if you resist.
French far-right leader Marine Le Pen is refusing to undergo a court-ordered psychiatric exam for tweeting brutal images of Islamic State violence, comparing the demand to methods used in totalitarian regimes.
- Marine Le Pen is under investigation for disseminating violent images
- She tweeted three images of executions in 2015, including the beheading of American journalist James Foley
- Ms Le Pen questioned how the court planned to “force” her to take the psychiatric exam
Ms Le Pen is under investigation for three graphic images of executions that she posted on Twitter in 2015, including the beheading of American journalist James Foley.
The investigation is one of a series that have distracted Ms Le Pen’s National Rally Party, formerly known as the National Front, as it seeks to rebuild after her loss to President Emmanuel Macron in the second round of an election last year.
The tribunal declined to confirm it had ordered the evaluation but said the assessments were a normal part of such probes.
“I thought I had seen it all: but no! For having denounced the horrors of #Daesh in tweets, the ‘justice’ is submitting me to a psychiatric evaluation! How far will they go?” Le Pen wrote on Twitter.
She later told reporters she would skip the test.
Le Pen’s criticism fits far-right narrative
Ms Le Pen was placed under formal investigation in March on suspicion of disseminating violent images after her parliamentary immunity was lifted.
French law states that medical evaluations must be carried out in such probes.
Ms Le Pen and her party have been targeted by a series of other judicial probes, including over the alleged misuse of EU funds.
According to a copy of the court document dated September 11, which Ms Le Pen published on Twitter, the judge wants the evaluation to assess if she suffers from any mental illness and, if so, if that could have affected her understanding of what she was doing when she posted the tweets.
The expert is also tasked with determining whether her mental health could be a risk to the public.
Ms Le Pen’s criticism fits the party’s narrative that it is persecuted by judges as part of an attempt by the establishment to undermine it politically.
Her hard-left rival Jean-Luc Melenchon said the evaluation was unnecessary because Ms Le Pen was “politically responsible for her political acts”.
“This is not how we will weaken the far-right,” he said.
Italy’s Interior Minister Matteo Salvini said in a statement: “A court orders a psychiatric assessment for Marine Le Pen. Words fail me! Solidarity with her and with the French who love freedom!”