Monday, October 01, 2018

The Crazy Reason Why The French Government Ordered Psychiatric Eval For Marine Le Pen

When I first saw a Tweet about the French government ordering psychiatric tests of far right leader Marine Le Pen I figured it must be some kind of joke from one of those numerous satire sites that poke fun at all things ludicrous. I mean, what could she possibly have done to warrant a psych eval from the government no less. And what kind of democratic government would do such a thing?! So I googled, as I always do when something seems too outrageous and I don't want it to come back to bite my blogger butt- but there it is, on numerous mainstream news sites including the left-leaning The Guardian. 

So what was this horrific thing that Le Pen did to get the government involved?  Back in 2015, she apparently shared photos of Islamic State horrors on Social Media. That's it. Rien de plus. 

And not only that, should could wind up with jail time, or a hefty fine, for those tweets.
Le Pen’s immunity as a lawmaker was lifted in order for her to face prosecution in France for posting images considered to “incite terrorism or pornography or seriously harm human dignity”.
If convicted, she could face up to three years in prison or a €75,000 fine.
She voiced outrage on Thursday at a court order demanding she undergo psychiatric evaluation in the case.
“I thought I had been through it all: well, no! For having condemned Daesh (IS) horrors in tweets, the ‘justice system’ is putting me through psychiatric tests! Just how far will they go?” she tweeted

I'm gobsmacked. What the heck is going on? I'm not a fan of either the far right or the far left, but this is extremely frightening.

The rest on The Guardian. More from Time.

Here's Le Pen's Tweet of the notification.

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