Saturday, December 15, 2012

Marine Le Pen May Lose Parlaimentary Immunity

The French Ministry of Justice, pursuant to a complaint from the anti-racist lobby MRAP, has requested of the European Parliament that Marine Le Pen be stripped of her parliamentary immunity, which, among other things, protects her from political and private intimidation and guarantees her independence and freedom of expression. The accusation against her is that she incited to racial hatred two years ago in Lyon when she compared Muslim street prayers to the Nazi Occupation.

This communiqué from the Front National denounces the proposed measure:

The request to relieve Marine Le Pen of her parliamentary immunity following a complaint from an ethnic association about her remarks denouncing street prayers, even though the accusation was thrown out of court, reveals the fears of a system confronted by its first adversary.

Because she dared to describe and denounce illegal actions and a reality unacceptable in a Republic worthy of the name, Marine Le Pen is being prosecuted.

And, while we're at it, look at the surprising accusation - inciting to discrimination, to violence and to hatred toward a group of persons because of their religion. This suggests that the court is confusing fundamentalists who pray illegally in the street with the totality of Muslims of France.

Marine Le Pen has always clearly made this distinction, as have the French who, according to public opinion polls, support her statements by a great majority.

Moreover, this accusation legitimates the illegal conduct of a certain number of fundamentalists.

This trial will be an opportunity for our compatriots to realize that freedom of expression in our country has collapsed. It will also allow the question of excessive ethnic demands to be reexamined, demands which, like street prayers, continue to worsen without anybody except the Front National daring to talk about it.

Here are the words she uttered in December 2010 during the Front National convention in Lyon as reported by Le Salon Beige in the comment section:

"Fifteen years ago we had the veil, there were more and more veils. Then there was the burqa, there have been more and more burqas. And then prayers in public arteries (…) now there are ten or fifteen places where a certain number of people come regularly to seize territory."

"I'm sorry but, for those who like to talk about the Second World War, if you are talking about the Ocupation, we could talk about it right now. It's an occupation of strips of territory. Yes, there are no tanks, no soldiers, but it weighs on the inhabitants."

Note: We could correct her and say that there are indeed soldiers - the men praying in the streets of France are the soldiers of the invading army.

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At December 15, 2012 1:57 PM, Anonymous Gerald in the Ozarks said...

Just wanted to be sure you don't miss this, Tiberge: I have AlJazeera's free news app, and when I was browsing through it this morning I found a new 18-minute video interview with Marine Le Pen up. I believe this is the first time I've actually seen Madame Le Pen speaking; and her dignified comportment, quick responses to a belligerent interviewer, and passionate, but still thoughtful, speaking style really impressed me.

One could really imagine someone like this going far on the world stage--and feel a little more hope for the future because of it--if only all the forces ranged against her on the other side don't succeed in bringing her down.

At December 15, 2012 2:42 PM, Blogger tiberge said...

@ Gerald

Excellent comment. Thank you. I agree she has the makings of a true statesman, and I worry all the time about her precarious position. I only hope she does not veer too far to the left in order to stay afloat.

At December 16, 2012 6:09 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would just like to make a point of the fact that Marine herself is a lawyer.


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