Marine Le Pen Must Undergo Psychiatric Evaluation, French Court Rules

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from ZeroHedge:

In a decision that will undoubtedly outrage conservatives who have sought to highlight the horrors of terrorist groups like ISIS, a French court has ruled that Marine Le Pen, the leader of the party formerly known as the National Front (now National Rally) and runner-up in last year’s French presidential vote, must undergo a psychiatric evaluation to determine whether “she is capable of understanding remarks and answering questions.”

In other words, the court is treating Le Pen as if being conservative is a mental illness.

The ruling follows formal charges that were brought against Le Pen in March after she tweeted gruesome photos of the bodies of innocent people subjected to horrific deaths at the hands of ISIS. The decision horrified conservatives who accused the French government of attempting to criminalize conservative political speech, as it was only the latest example of a disturbing trend in the European Union, per the Local.

Le Pen tweeted her anger at the decision, saying the court’s ruling felt like a “hallucination.” The order was issued by a district court in Nanterre and was dated Sept. 11.

The charges stem from a series of tweets Le Pen sent in the weeks after the Bataclan massacre, where she shared disturbing photos including images from the beheading of American journalist James Foley. Le Pen later took the photos of Foley down after being contacted by his family.

Other pictures showed a man in an orange jumpsuit being run over by a rank – another showed a man being burned alive in a cage.

“Daesh is this!” Le Pen wrote in a caption. The tweets were a response to a TV journalist drawing a comparison between ISIS and the French far-right

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Le Pen is facing charges of circulating “violent messages that incite terrorism or pornography or seriously harm human dignity” that can be viewed by a minor.

The order requires tests to be conducted “as soon as possible” to establish whether Le Pen “is capable of understanding remarks and answering questions.” Legal experts told French media that these types of tests are “standard” and “automatic” for those facing charges similar to Le Pen’s.

“The argument that this is harassment by the judiciary does not hold water. She is a political personality but this is not a political decision,” said Jacky Coulon, national secretary of the magistrates union.

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