Jean-Marie Le Pen, the 93-year-old founder of France’s center-right party, was tried again on Wednesday on charges of inciting racial hatred, this time with comments targeting a Jewish pop singer.
He already has a sentence for hate speech that eventually became too much for his daughter, Marine Le Pen, who expelled him from the National Front leadership in 2015 in a bid to gain national respect.
However, Le Pen Sr. has continued to express outrage at his statements about Jews, Muslims, blacks and immigrants.
The latest lawsuit began with a 2014 video on the party’s website in which Le Pen spoke out against artists who condemned his extremist stance, including Madonna and French tennis star singer Yankee Noah. Were
When asked about French singer and actor Patrick Bruel, Le Pen gave birth to a Holocaust, referring to his Jewish origins – “I’m not surprised. Listen, next time we sell a full oven!”
The satire sparked outrage, including from his party leaders, criticized by Marine Le Pen for what he called a “political mistake.”
Jean-Marie Le Pen claims that the comments have no anti-Semitic meaning “except for my political enemies or miscreants.”
His defense team argued in court on Wednesday that he was speaking symbolically, but the prosecution said there was nothing innocent in his words.
The judges said they would rule on October 29 after a one-day hearing where Le Pen – who did not appear in person – was charged with inciting anti-Semitic hatred.
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The trial was delayed for several years, with Le Pen claiming immunity from prosecution as MEP, a seat he won in 1984 and lasted until 2019.
But fellow lawmakers in 2016 stripped him of his legal reservations over the case.
Le Pen, his daughter and other party members – now dubbed the National Rally – also face charges of financial mismanagement over subsidies paid to EU parliamentary aides.
Investigators say he used 6.8 million euros (8 8 million) in public funds for party work in France.
Despite the difficulties, Jean-Marie Le Pen remains a regular presence in the media and a haven for many right-wingers who end their numerous hate speeches – at least repeatedly insisting that the Nazi gas chamber only There was a “detail” of history of World War II
His astonishing victory in the 2002 presidential election – reaching the stage of fleeing before being defeated by Jack Chirac – sent left-wing socialists into the political wilderness and proved to his supporters that a right-wing move was possible in France. Is.
But a new sentence by Marine Le Pen could complicate Emmanuel Macron’s bid for the presidency again next year, especially after the national rally failed to take control of a French territory in last June’s election.