A Nanterre court on Tuesday acquitted the leader of the far-right national group, Marine Le Pen, in the trial against her for distributing explicit images of victims of the Islamic State terrorist group, arguing that the ultimate target was informative. .
Le Pen shared three pictures at the end of 2015 to demonstrate the barbarism of the jihadists. However, the prosecution understood that these were documents showing violent acts against human dignity. The public ministry requested a fine of 5,000 euros for them and for MP Gilbert Collard, who was also being investigated in the same case.
However, the court understood that this type of news falls under the freedom of expression and that there is an “informative appeal” in the background of the publications, according to the sentence consulted on public television. In that sense, it suggests that “it is part of a public approach to protest” and “can contribute to public debate” as it “does not trivialize” violence.
Le Pen had viewed this trial as an example of political persecution, while Collard was quick to celebrate the verdict on his social networks. “Justice is great when it is independent,” said the MEP on Twitter.