MARINE LE PEN FACES PROSECUTION FOR RACISM – Marine Le Pen is one of France’s most colourful and controversial far-right politicians.
She follows closely in her father’s footsteps, Jean Marie Le Pen, in his belief that France is slowly but surely being overrun with immigrants, mainly Muslims, who will eventually take over the great nation.
Like her father, Marine Le Pen is likely to stand trial for racism; Jean Marie Le Pen was eventually convicted and imprisoned for the crime of racism in 1997.
During a television appearance Marine Le Pen likened Muslim insurgency in France to the Nazi occupation during the Second World War. She commented that France now had the highest number of Muslims living in Europe with an estimated population of 6 million and that they didn’t integrate into French society but rather sought to change it into a Islamic state.
The European Parliament has decided to lift her immunity from prosecution which under normal circumstances allows politicians immunity from arrest or prosecution in order to allow them total freedom of speech, except for committing a criminal act; under which racism falls.
The prosecution has now laid a case against Marine Le Pen for ‘incitement to hatred and discrimination’ after her televised comments in 2011.
The Front National, of which Marine Le Pen is the leader, does have quite a public following and last year accounted for nearly 18% of the national vote. It was pressure from Front National that brought about changes to French law that now makes it illegal for Muslims to pray in the streets or for Muslim women to wear the burka in public.
During the time of the ban on public praying and wearing of the burka many Europeans across the EU started to question their Governments as to why they couldn’t impose a similar ban as in France.
Despite staunch opposition from the Muslim community the French Government, to this day, upholds the new rules and actively arrests Muslims for breaching them.
Marine Le Pen feels that if Muslims want to live in France then they should adopt the French way of living. Often traditional Muslim dress is attributed to terrorism and the French public feels that no person should be allowed to cover their faces for security reasons.
In an interview on French TV earlier in the week Marine Le Pen defended her comments and said that she fully expects the EU Parliament to strip her of her immunity.
In her view she is merely voicing the thoughts of the French people but the EU feel she is a dissident and they fear the truth.
Whilst nobody should condone racism it is often perceived that no matter what is said against Muslims that it is continuously turned around and labeled as racist. It is the fundamental reason that we are not able to talk about immigration issues or indeed attempt to control them.
The issue of what is and what is not a racist comment will continue to rage and as we are forced to become more politically correct the distinction will become more blurred and distant.
The video below is an interesting adaption; in that it shows how the use racism in the U.S is simply creating more opportunities for ethnic minorities to scream racism. As the last line in the video states…”It doesn’t matter what this sign says, you’ll call it racist anyway.”
Finally take a look at the lead video above; this refers to issues in the UK and Pat Condell provides a fairly reasonable synopsis of how the British public feel regarding to the growing issues they have with the Muslim movement. Listen carefully for it might be easy to suggest Pat is a racist when of course he is nothing of the sort, nor is he a ‘white supremacist’ as some have suggested.
Should Marine Le Pen be prosecuted simply for airing her views? Whilst nobody should condone acts of racism are we merely being silenced due to Governments widening the net on what is or what is not a racist comment? Please leave your comments below.