Free Speech France: It’s Legal to Call Marine Le Pen a “Fascist Bitch”

Andrew Anglin
Daily Stormer
March 21, 2015

I wish she was a fascist.
I wish she was a fascist.

As an American, nothing about the speech wars in Europe makes sense to me. It is as difficult to understand why Marine Le Pen would whine about someone calling her a fascist as it is to understand how Dieudonné can be convicted of speech crime for a joke about Jews.

That said, if you’re going to ban people from saying things that hurt people’s feelings, it seems to me you should be required to go all the way, and only permit nice speech. Saying “these filthy kikes” can’t be more hurtful than saying “this fascist bitch,” can it?

Washington Post:

This week, Marine Le Pen, the leader of the French far-right party the National Front, failed in her bid to punish a comedian who called her a “fascist” in a 2012 magazine column.

In fact, it went a bit further than that – a court decided that Nicolas Bedos was quite within his rights to refer to Le Pen not just as a “fascist” but a “fascist b—-” in his writing. It was quite clear to readers it was a “deliberately provocative” statement, the court decided, according to Le Figaro newspaper, and the same column had also insulted other French politicians.

Whatever you make of Bedos’s insults, it’s unfortunate for Le Pen. Since taking over leadership of the National Front from her father, Jean-Marie Le Pen, in 2011, she has tried hard to portray her party as a right-wing populist party with a focus on immigration and the economy. To an extent, she’s succeeded: The National Front is now seen as the third-largest party in France, and her populist style is being aped across Europe.

But no matter how hard Le Pen tries, her party remains tainted by the links between the National Front and the extreme right that have haunted it since it was founded by her father in 1972. Complicating matters further, Jean-Marie himself was accused and convicted a number of times of xenophobia and anti-Semitism over the years.