May 4, 2021

Marine Le Pen: French far-right leader cleared of hate speech

A French court has acquitted far-right leader Marine Le Pen and a party colleague of breaking hate speech laws by posting three images of Islamic State atrocities on Twitter. Ms Le Pen had originally condemned the trial as politically motivated. The trial, which began in February, dates back to social media posts of gruesome pictures of Islamic State murders by both Ms Le Pen and party colleague Gilbert Collard in December 2015. Ms Le Pen was ordered to have psychiatric tests as part of the inquiry. Ms Le Pen's lawyer Rodolphe Bosselut spoke of a big victory because "Freedom of expression has been recognised as complete for a top-ranking politician".

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