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Old February 12th, 2017 #11
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Jean-Marie Le Pen charged with inciting hatred over Patrick Bruel comments

February 12, 2017

The founder of France’s far-right National Front party, Jean-Marie Le Pen, has been charged with inciting hatred over alleged anti-Semitic remarks he made in 2014, his lawyer said Saturday.

The Honorary President of the National Front (FN), Jean-Marie Le Pen, was indicted on 9 February in Paris for inciting hatred after using the word “batch” in June 2014, said his lawyer, Frédéric Joachim.

The lawyer denounced prosecutions based on “deliberately truncated” statements attributed to information that they do not have.

The situation goes back to June 2014 when Le Pen in a video clip posted on the FN website, railed against a number of critics including pop star Madonna and Yannick Noah, American singer and former tennis champion.

When asked about another critic — French Jewish singer Patrick Bruel — Le Pen said then that he would be part of “a batch we will get next time,” using the word “fournee” for “batch”, evoking the word “four,” which means “oven.”

This sentence had provoked fierce criticism even within the FN. His daughter and now leader Marine Le Pen considered it a “political fault” and Louis Aliot, one of the vice-presidents of the far-right party, said the choice of the term was “stupid politically and dismaying”.