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Article published the Thursday 10 April 2014 - Latest update : Thursday 10 April 2014

Front National's Le Pen can be called fascist, court rules

Front National leader Marine Le Pen
Front National leader Marine Le Pen
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By RFI

French far-right leader Marine Le Pen has failed in a bid to prevent political opponents called her a "fascist". The Front National (FN) leader sued hard-left leader Jean-Luc Mélenchon for use of abusive language over remarks he made during the 2012 presidential campaign in which both were candidates.

"Why do you think that the French people would be the only people to want a fascist as leader?" was Mélenchon's response to an opinion poll putting Le Pen in the lead in the first round of the presidential race.

Clément Méric in a photo placed by his group, Action antifasciste, on Facebook.
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The Paris court on Thursday threw out Le Pen's case, ruling that this was fair comment in political debate.

"If the term 'fascist' can have insulting connotations when used outside of any political context or if accompanied by other demeaning terms, it has, on the other hand, no insulting character when emplyed between political opponents on a political subject," it declared.

Mélenchon could "legitimately make his opinion known ... without transgressing the limits permitted to freedom of expression on the question", its judgement said.

"The whole FN policy of trying to silence journalists and political opponents ... has failed," commented Mélenchon's lawyer, Raquel Garrido. "Madame Le Pen has today been condemned to put up with being called a fascist."

Le Pen's lawyer, Wallerand Saint just, said that she would "obviously" appeal.

"The epithet is so serious that, even in a political context, it has an insulting character," he told the media.

Le Pen, who is trying to clean up her party's image, has threatened to sue anyone calling her "extreme".

Last week she lost another legal battle with Mélenchon when she was fined 10,000 euros because her party distributed a fake leaflet in his name during a by-election in northern France.

tags: Court case - Fascism - France - Front National - Jean-Luc Mélenchon - Marine Le Pen - Right-wing
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Bravo, Marine Le Pen! There

Bravo, Marine Le Pen! There is a sensible policy in Europe. Frankly, sanctions from the EU and diligent vipasyana Europe to U.S. tunes harms not only the economy of European countries, but also their freedom. U.S. seeks full dependence of energy Europe from the States and politically they are already dependent. Thus, the EU could face a serious danger to fall into slavery. So, what are they smarter then Ukraine, which says that the EU them, Ukrainians will enrich and renovation will make all solely out of love for their country?? Europe exactly is going to slaughter US, as Ukraine goes to the slaughter to the European Union. But sanctions will only help the Russian economy is likely to become independent from import.
I hope there will be more policy as marine Le Pen, which will help Europe to think again. It is not too late.

THen 'ani-semite', too has no

THen 'ani-semite', too has no legitimate meaning, for Jews themselves have shown over the decades that Jews are not Semites- "The Thirteenth Tribe' by Nobel-winner Arthur Koestler; Schlomo Sand's 'The INVENTION of the Jewish People; and Benjamin Freedman's 'Jesus was not a Jew' from the 1950s.
- Fr. John+

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